Fever Medicines for Less

Acetaminophen. It’s the fever reducer and pain reliever in brands like Tylenol.

Liquid acetaminophen used to be sold as an infant’s product and a children’s product.

The infant acetaminophen was very concentrated (80mg in 0.8 ml) and was dosed by the milliliter with a little dropper.

The children’s acetaminophen (160 mg/5ml) was dosed by the parents in the US by the teaspoon (1 tsp=5 ml).

The infant product was eliminated over concerns that parents could confuse the two products and possibly give their child too much.

All liquid acetaminophen sold for infants and children is now 160mg/5 ml.

Pricing varies with the product sold for infants sometimes costing more than the product sold for children. They are both the same concentration (160mg/5 ml), and they are interchangeable as long as you use the right dose and the right measuring device.

Check your dose with your pediatrician and check the price at your local store.

About Lisa M. Asta, MD

Lisa M. Asta, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for which she is also a Media Representative (she has been interviewed for “Kids Health” on Health Radio, and quoted in Parenting Magazine, USA Today, and the New York Times, among other publications). She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and past pediatric chair at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Asta is also a writer whose fiction has appeared in Inkwell, Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill, and Zeniada. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Hippocrates, the San Jose Mercury News, and The New Physician Magazine. She is an occasional contributor to KQED public radio’s Perspectives series, and has written articles for Bay Area Parent, Valley Parent, Parents’ Press, and Parents Express, as well as online at WebMD.com, Rx.com, and MyLifePath.com. She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. BabyCenter.com currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit www.LMAsta.com
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