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How can acetaminophen help to treat aches, pain, and fever?

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Drugs with acetaminophen affect the areas of your brain that control body temperature and pain. These medications can fight fevers and chills, ease headaches, and soothe sore throats and body aches.

Check with your doctor before taking acetaminophen if you have severe kidney or liver disease, or if you drink three or more alcoholic beverages a day.

Many multi-symptom cold medicines contain acetaminophen. Check the labels of any products you're taking to make sure you're not overdosing.

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Academy of American Family Physicians: "Colds and the Flu: Tips for Feeling Better," "Pain Relievers: Understanding Your Options."

FDA: "The Best Way to Take Your Over the Counter Pain Reliever? Seriously," "Information about Taking Ibuprofen and Aspirin Together."

Flu.gov: "Treatment."

Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Press release.

Rayssiguier, Y. December 2006. Magnesium Research,

Sanchez, A. , 1973. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

CDC: "Seasonal Influenza (Flu): Treat Fever."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Fever."

Rennard, B. 2001. Chest,

Moreno, M. , June 2009. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta – Biomembranes

Cleveland Clinic: "Acetaminophen vs. Ibuprofen: Which Works Better?"

Merry, A. January 2010. British Journal of Anesthesia,

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 13, 2019

SOURCES:

Academy of American Family Physicians: "Colds and the Flu: Tips for Feeling Better," "Pain Relievers: Understanding Your Options."

FDA: "The Best Way to Take Your Over the Counter Pain Reliever? Seriously," "Information about Taking Ibuprofen and Aspirin Together."

Flu.gov: "Treatment."

Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Press release.

Rayssiguier, Y. December 2006. Magnesium Research,

Sanchez, A. , 1973. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

CDC: "Seasonal Influenza (Flu): Treat Fever."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Fever."

Rennard, B. 2001. Chest,

Moreno, M. , June 2009. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta – Biomembranes

Cleveland Clinic: "Acetaminophen vs. Ibuprofen: Which Works Better?"

Merry, A. January 2010. British Journal of Anesthesia,

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 13, 2019

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