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Is acetaminophen the same as Tylenol?

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Oct 26, 2020.

Official Answer

by Drugs.com

Yes, acetaminophen is the same as Tylenol. Acetaminophen is the generic name for the brand name medication Tylenol, made by McNeil Consumer.

Acetaminophen is a pain reliever for mild to moderate pain, such as headaches, muscles aches, backache, and toothaches, and fevers.

Acetaminophen does not have anti-inflammatory effects like ibuprofen, but may be safer to take if you use a blood thinner.

Typically, generic acetaminophen or store brands would be more affordable than the brand name product Tylenol.

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