Acetaminophen: know the facts

Acetaminophen (pronounced: a·seet·a·min·o·fen) is an active ingredient found in many over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medicines. In fact, acetaminophen is in more than 600 common medicines. It is used in pain relief medicine, fever reducers, sleep aids, and cough, cold, and allergy medicines.

Other medicines used to treat moderate to severe pain may also contain acetaminophen as an active ingredient. These medicines are available only by prescription. Examples include Hydrocet, Percocet, and Vicodin.