10 Facts: Is Acetaminophen A Blood Thinner

is acetaminophen a blood thinner

Facts About Acetaminophen

1. Similar effects with aspirin and ibuprofen

Acetaminophen is a medicine that has similar effects with aspirin and ibuprofen, being used against pain and fever. The advantages of taking acetaminophen in comparison is the fact that the medicine doesn’t generate stomach upset and can be used by persons who experience heart problems.


2. Is acetaminophen a blood thinner

No, this substance is not considered a blood thinner, which makes it different from aspirin. Patients with concerns on bleeding can use this medicine. It is also safe for children.

3. Medium pain relief

Its power against pain is considered medium. It is generally recommended for headaches and other minor pains, and it is a common ingredient in medicines in the treatment of colds. It is also used for treating severe pain in combination with other analgesics. Doctors recommend it also for arthritis pain. Recent studies have shown this substance to be less efficient with osteoarthritis.

4. Notify the doctor

Patients should tell their doctor or dentist if taking any medicine containing the substance. Even though acetaminophen isn’t a blood thinner, large quantities in the human body can have negative effects especially during medical procedures that involve blood loss.

5. Dosage

Acetaminophen should be taken in precise doses: 325–650 mg every four or six hours. An adult or a child over the age of 12 must take less than 4 g (4,000 mg) in 24 hours. Children between 6 and 12 years old should not take more than 4 doses a day. The dosage for a child is between 150–300 mg. Children under the age of 2 can take acetaminophen if a doctor recommends it. An overdose can cause nausea, vomiting, sweating, yellowish skin or eyes, and diarrhea.

6. Associations with Tylenol

Acetaminophen is commonly associated with Tylenol, but this substance is an ingredient to more than 600 different medicines, including Theraflu, Nyquil, Panadol, Contac, Formula 44, Aspirin-Free Singlet, and Anacin. The persons who undergoes treatment based on acetaminophen should check the ingredients of all other medicine they’re using, in order prevent going over the recommended dosage.

7. Side effects

The main side effect of the substance is liver toxicity. Generally, all medicines containing acetaminophen warn consumers about the active ingredient because of the effects it has on the liver. In specific conditions and when mixed with opioids, acetaminophen can cause hearing loss.

8. Alcohol intake

The myth that acetaminophen is a good cure for hangover is not only false, but also very dangerous. Experts from the National Institutes of Health recommend not mixing the medicine with alcohol. The association between the substance and alcohol increases the risks of liver damage and kidney disease. Moreover, acetaminophen is not recommended for persons with a history of alcoholism.

9. Available in prescription and non-prescription form

The substance is available in both prescription and non-prescription form, but it doesn’t make the consumption less dangerous with the non-prescription type. If there is no prescription with specific instructions from a specialist, acetaminophen should only be used for a maximum of 10 days for pain (children: five days only) and three days when taken to reduce fever.

10. Popularly known as paracetamol worldwide

Another name for acetaminophen is paracetamol, a term commonly used worldwide. Some medicines may also mark the presence of this ingredient using the letters “APAP” (acetyl-para-aminophenol). Acetaminophen is term used mostly in the USA and Japan.


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