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acetaminophen

(əsēt'əmĭn`əfĭn), an analgesicanalgesic
, any of a diverse group of drugs used to relieve pain. Analgesic drugs include the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as the salicylates, acetaminophen, narcotic drugs such as morphine, and synthetic drugs with morphinelike action such as meperidine
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 and fever-reducing medicine. It is an active ingredient in many over-the-counter medicines, including Tylenol and Midol. Introduced in the early 1900s, acetaminophen is a coal tar derivative that acts by interfering with the synthesis of prostaglandinsprostaglandin
, any of a group of about a dozen compounds synthesized from fatty acids in mammals as well as in lower animals. Prostaglandins are highly potent substances that are not stored but are produced as needed by cell membranes in virtually every body tissue.
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 and other substances necessary for the transmission of pain impulses. Although its action is similar to that of aspirinaspirin,
acetyl derivative of salicylic acid (see salicylate) that is used to lower fever, relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and thin the blood. Common conditions treated with aspirin include headache, muscle and joint pain, and the inflammation caused by rheumatic fever and
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, it lacks aspirin's anti-inflammatory and blood-thinning effects, is less irritating to the stomach, and can be used by people who are allergic to aspirin. Heavy use, however, has been linked to an increased incidence of liver failure, especially in heavy drinkers of alcoholic beverages and in those who are not eating enough, and overdose, especially in children, can be fatal.

acetaminophen

[ə‚sēd·ə′mēn·ə·fən]
(organic chemistry)
C8H9O2N Large monoclinic prisms with a melting point of 169-170°C; soluble in organic solvents such as methanol and ethanol; used in the manufacture of azo dyes and photographic chemicals, and as an analgesic and antipyretic.
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The dosage range for the 33 younger patients, who received Calpol Infant Suspension, was 13.
7 TOP 5 PAEDIATRIC ANALGESICS Total category value Total own-label value 1 1 Calpol McNeil Healthcare 2 2 Nurofen for Children Reckitt Benckiser 3 3 Medised SSL International 4 4 Calprofen McNeil Healthcare 5 5 Disprol Reckitt Benckiser 2007 2008 CHANGE SALES SALES Y-0-Y (%) ([pounds ([pounds sterling] sterling] m] m] Total category value 67.
CALPOL, founded by Scandinavian Power Brokers, the largest power brokerage firm in Europe, has more than six years' experience in deregulated electricity markets.
A possible ear infection and gastroenteritis had been diagnosed previously and dad Thomas and Joanne were told to take him home and give him Calpol and fluids.
She spoke to a triage nurse who told her Chantelle probably had an upper respiratory tract infection and advised giving her Calpol.
was It's not like we're feeding Calpol to our kids on a daily basis, unlike my childhood diet of fizz-bombs and Flying Saucers.
The report found that a quarter of those surveyed in Wales said they had used paracetamol or Calpol for three days or more in their child's treatment.
He ended up having three doses of Tamiflu when all he needed was a Calpol.
She said the doctor sent her home and told her to give her daughter Calpol.
He was also prescribed Calpol by a doctor in a hospital out-of-hours centre, even though the food poisoning bug had made him so ill he was passing blood, the public inquiry has been told.
Some of the more recent products switching have included Nurofen cold and flu; Calpol infant suspensions; Calpol sugar-free infant suspension; and Calpol SLx Plus fastmelts.
The 38-year-old, who is deaf-mute, fed his son Yacub Calpol medicine and red wine before holding him down in the bath at the family home in Warminster Road, Sheffield, on February 5.