Key Patient Counseling Points:
- Do not exceed the maximum recommended daily dose; higher doses may result in hepatic injury, including severe hepatotoxicity and death.
- Avoid alcohol, especially if use is chronic.
Mechanism of Action:
Acetaminophen is a centrally acting analgesic and antipyretic with minimal anti-inflammatory properties. Its analgesic mechanism is unknown, but may be through central inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis.