Acetaminophen is used for the treatment of mild pain and fever.
The exact mechanism of action of acetaminophen is not completely understood. It selectively inhibits cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2). It is classified as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent but has only limited anti-inflammatory properties.
The diagram below shows the 3D molecular structure of Acetaminophen.
Side effects of acetaminophen are rare. However, extreme doses of acetaminophen or prolonged use can cause liver damage.