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Archive for June 9th, 2011

Acetaminophen

Acetaminophen

Acetaminophen is commonly used to relieve fevers, headaches, and minor aches and pains. It is a major ingredient in many cold and flu remedies. It is also used as a short term solution to treat mild knee arthritis. However it has no effect on the underlying inflammation, redness, and joint swelling.

Acetaminophen works by elevating the body’s pain threshold. It relieves pain by requiring the body to produce a greater amount of it before the pain is felt. Current recommendations for treating pain suggest that acetaminophen may be taken for up to 10 days. If symptoms persist, a doctor needs to be consulted to see if acetaminophen use should continue.