Acetaminophen [Tylenol, Panadol]
The pharmacologic agent is paracetamol. Also known as APAP, chemical name N-acetyl-p-aminophenol, acetaminophen is an over-the-counter (OTC) analgesic (pain reliever) used for routine headache, minor aches and pains and fever reduction. Its mechanism of action is not completely understood.
Taking too much acetaminophen can cause liver damage. Someone might take too much acetaminophen if they are unaware that the drug is contained in more than one product they are taking. Liver damage is more likely with the combined use of alcohol or in someone who is alcohol dependent. Inadvertent acetaminophen overdose can lead to liver failure, liver transplant, and death.
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