What is acetaminophen used for and what formulations are available?

Updated: Jan 17, 2020
  • Author: Susan E Farrell, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Miller, MD  more...
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In the United States, 325-mg and 500-mg immediate-release tablets and a 650-mg extended-release preparation marketed for the treatment of arthritis are commonly sold. Combination formulations such as codeine-acetaminophen (Tylenol #3) and oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) are prescribed. Numerous formulations and preparations are readily available, including the following:

  • Elixirs
  • Suspensions
  • Tablets (dissolvable (Meltaways) and chewable)
  • Caplets
  • Capsules
  • Paraffin-base rectal suppositories (FeverAll)

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