Acetaminophen: When It Becomes DangerousPage 2 of 9


Acetaminophen Bottles (Tylenol)


   Tracey Long, RN, PhD, APRN
   Mark Nichols, PhD
   JoAnn O’Toole, RN, BSN


Contact hours: 2
AOTA CEUs: 0.2
Expiration date: February 1, 2024
Course price: $19*

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Course Summary

This course explores acetaminophen use and overuse with a focus on the signs and symptoms of liver injury and adverse effects. It also discusses FDA recommendations for various ages and at-risk populations.

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Target Audience

Nurses, nurse practitioners, advanced practice nurses, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants*.

*If you are an OT or OTA, you may need the following information for relicensure:

AOTA Approved Provider Logo 2023 ATrain Education is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Approved provider #6558. This distance learning-independent is offered at 0.2 CEUs, introductory, Foundational Knowledge. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Criteria for Successful Completion

Study the course material, achieve a score of 80% or higher on the post test (the post test can be repeated if a learner scores less than 80%), complete the course evaluation, and pay where required. No partial credit will be awarded.


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The planners and authors of this learning activity have declared no conflicts of interest, vested interest, or financial relationship that may influence the content of this activity. All information is provided fairly and without bias.

ATrain Education, Inc. received no outside financial or commercial support in the preparation, presentation or implementation of this learning activity and has no affiliation with any company whose products or services are mentioned in this activity.

Course Objectives

When you finish this course you will be able to*:

  1. Explain the widespread use of acetaminophen both as an over-the-counter drug (OTC) and by prescription in combination with other drugs.
  2. Discuss self-dosing of acetaminophen as an OTC drug and the hazard of unintentional overdose.
  3. Describe the relationship of acetaminophen to acute liver failure.
  4. State the currently recommended maximum 24-hour dose of acetaminophen and explain drug-drug and alcohol interactions.
  5. Distinguish potencies of acetaminophen preparations for infants, children, and adults.
  6. Discuss the FDA rulings on acetaminophen and their recommendations for the future.

*Please note: attainment of course objectives will be assessed in the course evaluation.