acetaminophen

(redirected from Calpol)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Wikipedia.

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
..... Click the link for more information.
 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.
..... Click the link for more information.
 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
..... Click the link for more information.
, 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.
References in periodicals archive ?
You have no visible Y sign - she has a cuddle, some Calpol and goes to bed and the next morning is running around - you don't go to the doctor unless you think it is necessary", he warned.
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 older group (6 to 15 years) was also made up of 33 patients, and they were prescribed Calpol SixPlus.
Calpol, available in supermarkets, is a non-prescription, liquid medicine containing paracetamol.
While the leading brands, Calpol and Nurofen for Children, grew by 1.
She said the doctor sent her home and told her to give her daughter Calpol.
On February 5 this year, Milako-vic, 38, fed Yacob the medicine Calpol and red wine before drowning him in the bath at their home in Sheffield, the court heard.
He suggests that your child should be in a Cool room, with Cool bedding, you can reduce fever with a Cool sponge and Cool drinks and by giving Calpol the leading children's medicine.
My sister-in-law Lynette had taken Christian to the doctors a couple of days before and had been advised to give him Nurofen and Calpol.
The new Calpol survey highlights the fact that dads often feel ill prepared for parenthood.
CALPOL will provide the necessary credit and schedule coordination enabling Utilisource to supply renewable energy under its &uot;Green Source&uot; program at a discount to all of their qualified customers.