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Children's Tylenol Side Effects

As long as you give your child the correct dosage of Children's Tylenol, side effects are not likely to occur. Some of the serious side effects that have been seen in children who took too much Children's Tylenol include abdominal pain, irritability, liver failure, and heart problems. If you child develops any Children's Tylenol side effects, contact your child's healthcare provider immediately.

Children's Tylenol Side Effects: An Introduction

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Children's Tylenol® (children's acetaminophen); however, not everyone who takes the medication will experience side effects. In fact, most children tolerate it quite well. In most cases, side effects occur when too much Children's Tylenol is given.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Children's Tylenol. Your child's healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Children's Tylenol side effects with you.)

Serious Side Effects of Children's Tylenol

Children's Tylenol is a non-prescription medication. With prescription medications, the manufacturers must provide "prescribing information" that includes detailed information about side effects. However, such information is not available for most non-prescription medications, including Children's Tylenol.
Most of the information about Children's Tylenol side effects comes from information about Tylenol overdose. Therefore, these serious side effects are not very common (unless, of course, you give your child too much Tylenol). These side effects include, but are not limited to:
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or appetite loss
  • Sweating
  • Irritability
  • Abdominal pain, especially near the liver (the upper right part of the abdomen)
  • Yellow eyes or skin
  • Liver failure
  • Kidney failure
  • Heart problems
  • Coma.
Rarely, ulcers or bleeding in the digestive tract can occur with Children's Tylenol, although it is much less common for Children's Tylenol than for other non-prescription pain relievers.
Most children do not experience any Children's Tylenol side effects, except when it is taken inappropriately.
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