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Medication (Trade & generic) Tylenol; acetaminophen
Classification antipyretics; nonopioid analgesics

Mechanism of Action

Indications &
Expected Outcome

Side Effects/Adverse Reactions

Nursing Responsibilities

Instructions for PO administration:

Administer with a full glass of water.

May be taken with food or on an empty stomach
Reconstitution instructions:
Instructions for intermittent IV administration:
Instructions for direct IV administration:

Inhibits synthesis of prostaglandins that may serve as mediators of pain and fever, primarily in the CNS.

Has no significant anti-inflammatory properties or GI toxicity.


Treatment of:
Mild pain
Expected Outcome:

Relief of mild to moderate pain.

Reduction of fever.

Common (italics):

CNS: agitation, anxiety, headache, fatigue, insomnia
CV: hypertension, hypotension
Derm: rash, urticaria
F and E: hypokalemia
GI: constipation (↑ in children), ↑ liver enzymes, nausea, vomiting
GU: renal failure (high doses/chronic use)
Hemat: neutropenia, pancytopenia
MS: muscle spasms, trismus
Resp: atelectasis (↑ in children), dyspnea

Life threatening (bold):
Acute Generalized Exanthematous, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, Hepatotoxicity (increased doses)

  • Assess overall health status and alcohol usage before administering acetaminophen.

  • Assess for rash periodically during therapy. May cause Stevens-Johnson syndrome.

  • Pain: Assess type, location, and intensity prior to and 30–60 min following administration.

  • Fever: Assess fever; note presence of associated signs (diaphoresis, tachycardia, and malaise).

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