The main benefit of using acetaminophen for pain relief is that this medication does not normally cause heart problems or upset stomach, notes WebMD. Taking acetaminophen is a safe way to reduce pain and fever. Acetaminophen can be used to treat mild-to-moderate pain caused by backaches, sprains, arthritis, headaches and menstrual cramps.
It is always important to take the proper dosage of acetaminophen and never take too much. Taking too much of this medication can lead to liver damage, with the risk increased if the patient drinks three or more alcoholic beverageson a daily basis. It is also important to refrain from taking medications that have acetaminophen in them because this can lead to taking too much acetaminophen.
When giving acetaminophen to a child, it is crucial to make sure to give the childthe proper dosage of the medication based on age and weight. The child's primary health care provider can explain the correct dosage.
Since acetaminophen is taken on an as-needed basis, a missed dose can easily be remedied by taking the medication as soon as the patient remembers to take it. Side effects from acetaminophen can include difficulty breathing, itching, hives, facial and throat swelling, rash and blistering skin.