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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Acetaminophen

Read more about Acetaminophen.

Effect of Acetaminophen on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

Acetaminophen may be prescribed for chronic fatigue syndrome to relieve pain from headache, joint or muscle pain. As with all medical treatments for CFS, they are used to treat the symptoms and not the cause of this health challenge.

The common/brand name for Acetaminophen is Tylenol.

To avoid stomach upset, this medication should be taken with food.

Side Effects and Warnings

#What are the precautions when taking this medicine?

• Avoid other sources of acetaminophen. An overdose may cause dangerous problems.

• Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix well with other medicines.

• Avoid or limit alcohol intake (includes wine, beer, and liquor) to less than 3 drinks a day. Drinking too much alcohol may increase the risk of liver disease.

• If you have PKU, talk with healthcare provider. Some products do contain phenylalanine.

• Be careful if you have G6PD deficiency. Anemia may occur.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.

#What are some possible side effects of this medicine?

• Liver damage can rarely occur.

#Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately

• If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or emergency department immediately.

• Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.

• Significant change in thinking clearly and logically.

• Severe belly pain.

• Severe nausea or vomiting.

• Yellow skin or eyes.

• Not able to eat.

• Feeling extremely tired or weak.

• Any rash.

• No improvement in condition or feeling worse.

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