Comparing Acetaminophen vs Paracetamol

In the wake of the recent coronavirus, there have been a lot of questions about paracetamol. Europe has claimed shortages and reported stockpiles of the drug acetaminophen. The U.S. claims that the shelves of Tylenol were empty and customers were told to buy “acetaminophen.”

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What is paracetamol?
Paracetamol is used to relieve mild to moderate pain. Can be used for cold medicine. Paracetamol is also used to treat fever. Higher doses may cause toxicity, including liver failure. Some people have severe skin reactions. Paracetamol is very common in European countries. Paracetamol is used with other medicines to treat mild symptoms of the coronavirus, COVID-19.

What is Tylenol?
Tylenol is an American brand name medication advertised for reducing pain, reducing fever and allergy, cold and flu symptoms. Overdose can cause toxicity such as liver failure and a rash called Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS).

What is acetaminophen?
Acetaminophen is the generic name for Tylenol. Acetaminophen is a medicine used to temporarily relieve pain and temporarily reduce fever. Sound familiar? It turns out that paracetamol, Tylenol, and acetaminophen are the same thing. They are called by different names in different countries due to different manufacturers. The name also varies depending on whether the drug is taken orally, rectally, intravenously, etc.

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Acetaminophen is used with other medicines to treat mild symptoms of the coronavirus, COVID-19.

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Other popular names for the exact same drug

This same “chemical twin” drug can be nicknamed or named: Acetaminophen, Acetaminophen, Paracetamol, Tylenol, Ofirmev, Mapap, FeverAll, Tylophen, Pharbetol, Tactinal, Mapap Extra Strength, Baby Pain Relief, Tactinal Extra Strength.

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