Aug 4, 2022

Generic name:  acetaminophen  (oral) [ a-SEET-a-MIN-oh-fen ]
Brand names: Actamin, Anacin AF,  Aurophen , Bromo Seltzer,  Children’s Tylenol ,  … show all 14 brands
Drug class:  Miscellaneous analgesics

What is Actamin?

Actamin is used to reduce fever and relieve minor pain caused by conditions such as colds or flu,  headache , muscle aches, arthritis, and menstrual cramps.

Actamin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.


An overdose of  acetaminophen  can damage your liver or cause death.

Call your doctor at once if you have upper stomach pain, loss of appetite, dark urine, or  jaundice  (yellowing of your skin or eyes).

Stop taking Actamin and get medical help if you have skin redness or a blistering rash.

Before taking this medicine

You should not take Actamin if you are allergic to it, or if you take other medications that contain this medicine.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if this medicine is safe to use if you’ve ever had  cirrhosis  of the liver, or if you drink alcohol daily.

Ask a doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Related/similar drugs

Buprenex ,  aspirin ,  ibuprofen ,  tramadol ,  acetaminophen ,  cyclobenzaprine ,  naproxen

How should I take Actamin?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. An Actamin overdose can damage your liver or cause death.

  • Adults and teenagers at least 12 years old: Do not take more than 1000 milligrams (mg) at one time or more than 4000 mg in 24 hours.
  • Children younger than 12 years old: Do not take more than 5 doses of children’s formula Actamin in 24 hours.

Do not give extra-strength Actamin to a child younger than 12 years old without medical advice.

A child’s dose is based on age and weight. Carefully follow the dosing instructions provided with Actamin. Ask a doctor before giving this medicine to a child younger than 2 years.

Actamin made for infants comes with its own medicine dropper or oral syringe. Measuring with the wrong device may cause an overdose. Use only the provided dosing device provided to measure an infant’s dose.

Actamin comes in many different forms such as capsules, liquid, chewable or disintegrating tablets, and dissolving powders or granules. Read and carefully follow any Instructions for Use provided with your medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you need help.

Stop taking Actamin and call your doctor if:

  • you still have a  sore throat  after 2 days of use;
  • you still have a fever after 3 days of use;
  • you still have pain after 7 days of use (or 5 days if treating a child);
  • you have a  skin rash , ongoing headache,  nausea ,  vomiting , redness or swelling; or
  • your symptoms get worse, or if you have any new symptoms.

Taking Actamin may cause false results with certain blood glucose monitors. If you have diabetes, ask your doctor about the best way to monitor your blood sugar levels while using this medicine.

Store at room temperature away from heat and moisture.

Detailed Actamin dosage information

What happens if I miss a dose?

Actamin is used when needed. If you are on a dosing schedule, skip any missed dose. Do not use two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose can be fatal.

Overdose symptoms include vomiting, stomach pain, and yellowing of your skin or eyes.

What should I avoid while taking Actamin?

Avoid using other medicines that may contain Actamin.

Avoid drinking alcohol.

Actamin side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction:  hives ; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

In rare cases, Actamin may cause a severe skin reaction that can be fatal, even if you took this medicine in the past and had no reaction. Stop taking Actamin and call your doctor right away if you have skin redness or a rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling.

Stop taking Actamin and call your doctor at once if you have signs of liver problems:

  • stomach pain (upper right side);
  • loss of appetite;
  • tiredness, itching;
  • dark urine, clay-colored stools; or
  • jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Less serious side effects may be more likely, and you may have none at all.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Actamin side effects  (more detail)

What other drugs will affect Actamin?

Other drugs may affect Actamin, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines,  vitamins , and  herbal products . Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use.

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