Acetaminophen

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Acetaminophen, also known as paracetamol, panadol or tylenol, is a mild analgesic used to treat mild to moderate pain and fever. It is most commonly adminstered by mouth (in both soluble and tablet form) but can also be administered rectally or intravenously. Effects last between two and four hours.[1]

Use in chronic fatigue syndrome[edit | edit source]

Acetaminophen is commonly used alone and in combination with other painkillers to alleviate painful syptoms such as sore throat, headache, muscle pain, and joint pain, as well as low-grade fever relief.

Combinations[edit | edit source]

Acetaminophen is commonly paired with opiates such as codeine or tramadol, and/or with NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, naproxen or diclofenac. This can help relieve moderate to strong pain.

Evidence[edit | edit source]

The Canadian Consensus Criteria suggests using acetaminophen for ME/CFS as a "baseline analgesic", stating that it has a weak effect but few side effects.[2]

Dose[edit | edit source]

Suggested dose is 1-4 325mg tablets, every 4 hours as needed.[2]

Costs and availability[edit | edit source]

Acetaminophen is widely available at low cost. It can usually be purchased off the shelf without prescription.

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References[edit | edit source]

chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) - A controversial term, invented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, that generally refers to a collection of symptoms as “fatigue”. There have been multiple attempts to come up with a set of diagnostic criteria to define this term, but few of those diagnostic criteria are currently in use. Previous attempts to define this term include the Fukuda criteria and the Oxford criteria. Some view the term as a useful diagnostic category for people with long-term fatigue of unexplained origin. Others view the term as a derogatory term borne out of animus towards patients. Some view the term as a synonym of myalgic encephalomyelitis, while others view myalgic encephalomyelitis as a distinct disease.

adverse reaction - Any unintended or unwanted response to the treatment under investigation in a clinical trial.

chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) - A controversial term, invented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, that generally refers to a collection of symptoms as “fatigue”. There have been multiple attempts to come up with a set of diagnostic criteria to define this term, but few of those diagnostic criteria are currently in use. Previous attempts to define this term include the Fukuda criteria and the Oxford criteria. Some view the term as a useful diagnostic category for people with long-term fatigue of unexplained origin. Others view the term as a derogatory term borne out of animus towards patients. Some view the term as a synonym of myalgic encephalomyelitis, while others view myalgic encephalomyelitis as a distinct disease.

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