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Dosing information for infants, children, and adults

Use these materials to guide proper dosing for your patients 12 and older.

Patients may have questions about over-the-counter analgesics. Use the information below to help them find the TYLENOL® product that’s right for them. Remember, many medicines contain the same active ingredient, so remind patients to use only one medicine containing the same active ingredient at a time.

An estimated 50 million Americans use acetaminophen each week to treat conditions such as pain, fever, and aches and pains associated with cold and flu symptoms. To help encourage the safe use of acetaminophen, the makers of TYLENOL® lowered the maximum daily dose for single-ingredient Extra Strength TYLENOL® (acetaminophen) products sold in the US from 8 pills per day (4000 mg) to 6 pills per day (3000 mg). The dosing interval also changed from 2 pills every 4 to 6 hours to 2 pills every 6 hours.

TYLENOL® Regular Strength Tablets

TYLENOL® Regular Strength Tablets dose

Active ingredient: acetaminophen

325 mg (per tablet)

2 tablets every 4 to 6 hours
while symptoms last

Not to exceed 10 tablets in 24 hours,
unless directed by a doctor

Total labeled daily dose: 3250 mg

Professional discretionary dosing. If pain or fever persists at the total labeled daily dose, healthcare professionals may exercise their discretion and recommend up to 4000 mg/day.

 

TYLENOL® Extra Strength Caplets

TYLENOL® Extra Strength Caplet dose

Active ingredient: acetaminophen

500 mg (per tablet)

2 caplets every 6 hours
while symptoms last

Not to exceed 6 caplets in 24 hours,
unless directed by a doctor

Total labeled daily dose: 3000 mg

Professional discretionary dosing. If pain or fever persists at the total labeled daily dose, healthcare professionals may exercise their discretion and recommend up to 4000 mg/day.

 

TYLENOL® 8 HR Arthritis Pain Caplets

TYLENOL® 8 HR Arthritis Pain Caplet dose

Active ingredient: acetaminophen

650 mg* (per caplet)

*Extended-release.

2 bi-layer caplets every 8 hours
with water

Not to exceed 6 bi-layer caplets
in 24 hours

Total labeled daily dose: 3900 mg