Tylenol is brand name for Acetaminophen. It is a synthetic analgesic and non-opiate in nature. It is a centrally acting drug and is derived from p-aminophenol. It is used for treatment of many types of pain such as back pain, muscle pain, joint pain due to arthritis, headache, toothache and any other such pain. It is also used for treatment of cold, chills or fever.

Side Effects of Tylenol

Use of Tylenol normally does not result in side effects in many patients. But sometimes it could yield side effects. Some of side effects could be less harmful and some of side effects could lead to fatal results.

Less harmful side effects of Tylenol

Use of Tylenol can produce following side effects, which are less harmful in nature.

  • Nausea
  • Rashes
  • Vomiting
  • Tiredness
  • Stomach pain
  • Other allergic reactions.

It is advisable to stop taking this medicine and consult your doctor if any of these conditions aggravates or become persistent.

Serious side effects of Tylenol

Tylenol could yield to some serious side effects such as liver damage, if proper precaution is not taken. Following are the serious side effects of Tylenol.

  • It could lead to persistent nausea or vomiting. If such condition occurs, immediately call your doctor, as it could be a symptom of any serious liver problem.
  • It could cause persistent or extreme tiredness. If you feel so, while using this medicine, immediately call your doctor.
  • Its overdose could cause serious liver damage, so it is advised to stick to the prescribed dosages.
  • It could lead to chronic stomach or abdominal pain, which could be a sign of serious liver damage. In such case seek medical assistance.
  • It could cause Jaundice, another liver problem.
  • Use of Tylenol could cause dark urine, which could be another symptom of liver problems.
  • It could cause yellowing of eyes or skin, which could be due to development of Jaundice, a liver condition.
  • It could aggravate liver problem, if you have any existing liver problem, while using this medicine.
  • It could cause serious allergic reactions such as rash, itching, swelling of the face, tongue, or throat, severe dizziness or breathing problems. In case of any serious allergy, it is needed to call a doctor.
  • It could lead to liver damage, if a patient consumes alcohol while using this drug. If you have a history of alcohol abuse or you take alcohol regularly, use of Tylenol could increase risk of liver damage. One should not use alcohol, while using this medicine.
  • Its harms to fetus or newborn baby are not known yet. Thus it is advisable to not use this medicine, while being pregnant or planning to be pregnant as it could pose harm to the unborn baby.
  • It could pass into breast milk, thus women, who are breast-feeding should not use this medicine, before consulting their doctor.
  • It could cause many harmful effects, if taken with other medicines. One should consult the doctor if taking other medicine before using this drug. One should also ask the doctor before using other medicine, while using this medicine.