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Children's Tylenol

Generic name: acetaminophen (oral) [ a-SEET-a-MIN-oh-fen ]
Brand names: Anacin AF, Children's Tylenol, Leader 8 Hour Pain Reliever, Mapap, M-Pap, ... show all 15 brands
Drug class: Miscellaneous analgesics

Medically reviewed by on Jan 16, 2024. Written by Cerner Multum.

What is Children's Tylenol?

Children's Tylenol is used to reduce fever, relieve minor aches and pains such as colds or flu, headache, sore throat, tooth pain, back pain, joint or muscle pain, and menstrual cramps.

Children's Tylenol may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Children's Tylenol side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives, difficult breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

In rare cases, Children's Tylenol may cause a severe skin reaction that can be fatal, even if you took this medicine in the past and had no reaction. Stop taking Children's Tylenol and call your doctor right away if you have skin redness or a rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling.

Stop taking Children's Tylenol and call your doctor at once if you have:

Less serious side effects may be more likely, and you may have none at all.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Do not take more of this medication than is recommended. An overdose of acetaminophen can damage your liver or cause death. Call your doctor at once if you have loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain (upper right side), tiredness, itching, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

In rare cases, Children's Tylenol may cause a severe skin reaction. Stop taking this medicine and call your doctor right away if you have skin redness or a rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling.

Before taking this medicine

You should not take Children's Tylenol if you are allergic to it, or if you take other medications that contain this medicine.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if Children's Tylenol is safe to use if you have or have ever had:

Ask a doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Do not give this medicine to a child without medical advice.

How should I take Children's Tylenol?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. An Children's Tylenol overdose can damage your liver or cause death.

Your dose needs may change if you switch to a different brand, strength, or form of this medicine. Avoid medication errors by using exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor.

Doses are based on weight in children. Your child's dose may change if the child gains or loses weight. Ask a doctor or pharmacist before giving this medicine to a child.

Swallow the extended-release tablet whole with a full glass of water and do not crush, chew, or break it.

You must chew the chewable tablet before you swallow it.

Shake the oral suspension (liquid). Measure any liquid dose with the supplied measuring device (not a kitchen spoon).

Read and carefully follow the instructions provided with this medicine on how to prepare and take Children's Tylenol powder. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you don't understand these instructions.

Stop taking the medicine and call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after a certain period of time, or if they get worse.

This medicine may cause false results on certain blood tests. Tell the laboratory staff that you use Children's Tylenol.

Store at room temperature away from heat and moisture. Protect the liquid medicine from light. Keep each dose of the oral powder in its packet until you are ready to use it.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Children's Tylenol is used when needed. If you are on a dosing schedule, skip any missed dose. Do not use two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose can be fatal.

Overdose symptoms include vomiting, stomach pain, and yellowing of your skin or eyes.

What should I avoid while taking Children's Tylenol?

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine that may contain Children's Tylenol (sometimes abbreviated as APAP).

Drinking alcohol may increase your risk of liver damage.

What other drugs will affect Children's Tylenol?

Other drugs may affect Children's Tylenol, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use.

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Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.