Paracetamol or Tylenol?

  1. Can anyone tell me what is the US equivalent of Paracetamol? Is it Tylenol or something else.I bought a Mosby's drug guide only to find it is the American version so some drugs will have different names.
    Does anyone know of a website that gives the different names internationally for common drugs.
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  3. by   pickledpepperRN
    Paracetamol, acetaminophen, and Tylenol are the same medication.
  4. by   nightmare
    Thanks for that Spacenurse.
  5. by   pickledpepperRN
    You are very welcome nightmare.
    Do you work night shift?
    Just guessing because of your user name.
  6. by   nightmare
    Yes ,16 years in same place!
  7. by   pickledpepperRN
    I've been working night shift since 1980.
  8. by   nightmare
    Did night shift in neurology in the 70's then a break for kids.
    Do you know of any websites with different drug names on it by any chance.
  9. by   pickledpepperRN
    Recently we had a patient from Japan. She had her medications but none of our medication books or web sites were in Japanese.
    Our nigh shift laboratory technician is from Japan. She translated for us. It was a diuretic, potassium, and blood pressure medication. Her son spoke English but didn't know the medication names.

    http://www.pharmweb.net/

    You have to join to access this one. All the hospitals I know of have the PDR book on every unit - http://www.pdr.net/login/Login.aspx

    Good for patients visiting from other countries - http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/reports...singnames.html
  10. by   nightmare
    Thanks Spacenurse,PDR Health looks like I might find the answers on.
  11. by   pickledpepperRN
    Quote from nightmare
    Thanks Spacenurse,PDR Health looks like I might find the answers on.
    I hope so.
    What time is it in Scotland now?
    It is 10:45 am here.
  12. by   nursemike
    Had a patient, once, whose orders included one that said, "Absolutely no narcotics." So, of course, the patient was on the call light for pain relief all night. Offered everything available--"No, that doesn't work for me..." So I paged the physician and he said I should tell her she could have some Paracetamol.
    I'm still not entirely sure of the ethics of that, but by that point I was ready to try anything. Our hospital, which buys generic everything, stocks acetaminophen that has "Tylenol" printed prominently on every tablet. So much for that idea.
    Later, the patient did get rowdy enough that the doctor ordered lorazepam. As I was about to give, the patient implored me to "push it fast."
    I've seen that "no narcs" order several times since then, and it curdles my blood every time.
  13. by   nightmare
    Quote from spacenurse
    I hope so.
    What time is it in Scotland now?
    It is 10:45 am here.
    sorry spacenurse,had to go away,at the time of your post it was o6.38 pm here.
  14. by   Nursebarebari
    Quote from nightmare
    Can anyone tell me what is the US equivalent of Paracetamol? Is it Tylenol or something else.I bought a Mosby's drug guide only to find it is the American version so some drugs will have different names.
    Does anyone know of a website that gives the different names internationally for common drugs.





    Looks like you are a new nurse in the country. Well, YES madam, PARACETAMOL and TYLENOL are the same thing.
    Good Luck

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