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Tylenol and other makers of acetaminophen will soon drop the more concentrated, infant drop versions of their medicines. Getting rid of infant-only acetaminophen products will hopefully reduce medication errors, which can occur when parents mistake dosages for the different versions of Tylenol (drops vs suspension).

Other new changes might include that we will start seeing dosing instructions for infants over age six months on packages of Tylenol and new dosages based primarily on a child's weight (instead of age based dosages).

  • Remember that more is not better when it comes to taking medicines like Tylenol, so don't give more than the recommended dosage for your child's age and weight and don't give it more often than recommended.
  • Do not give Tylenol more often than every 4 hours or more than 5 doses a day.
  • Whether giving drops or suspension, be sure to shake the bottle well before dispensing your child's dose.
  • Use the enclosed dosing device (especially if using the drops) instead of your own dropper or a regular teaspoon.
  • Do not use Tylenol with any other medicine that contains acetaminophen.
  • Follow the manufacturers warning and call your doctor if your child's 'pain gets worse or lasts for more than 5 days' or his 'fever gets worse or lasts for more than 3 days'.

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*Tylenol is a registered trademark of McNeil Consumer & Specialty Pharmaceuticals, a Division of McNeil-PPC, Inc.

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