Medication Monitor

Generic Name (Trade Name—Company)
January 1, 2011

Acetaminophen injection

Injectable acetaminophen approved for children and adults


Treatment of mild to moderate pain and moderate to severe pain with adjunctive opioid analgesics and for the reduction of fever in patients 2 years and older

This is the first and only I.V. form of acetaminophen approved by FDA. It can be given as a single dose or as repeated doses. The recommended dose for adults and adolescents weighing 50 kg or more is 1,000 mg every 6 hours or 650 mg every 4 hours to a maximum of 4,000 mg/d. For adults and adolescents weighing less than 50 kg, and for children 2–12 years old, the recommended dose is 15 mg/kg every 6 hours or 12.5 mg/kg every 4 hours to a maximum of 75 mg/kg/d. This new formulation will be marketed in 100-mL glass vials containing 1,000 mg of acetaminophen.