Tylenol is a brand name of drugs popular in North America based upon the primary active ingredient, acetaminophen 12. Tylenol is owned by McNeil Consumer Healthcare, part of Johnson & Johnson, and was introduced into the market in 1955. Regular Tylenol products are limited to 325 mg of acetaminophen per dose, whereas the Extra Strength variations contain 500 mg 2. The Extra Strength product variations differ in consistency, color, shape and secondary ingredients that are claimed to be inactive.

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Acetaminophen is a generic name derived from the chemical compound name, N-acetyl-para-aminophenol, which is classified and marketed as both an analgesic--for pain--and an antipyretic--for fever, according to Drugs.com 2. MedlinePlus claims that acetaminophen works by lowering the temperature of the body and by changing how the brain senses pain 2. Acetaminophen is in all Tylenol products as the active ingredient 2. Drugs.com warns that the maximum recommended amount of acetaminophen for adults is 1000 mg per dose and 4000 mg per day 2.

Tylenol Extra Strength Rapid Release Gelcaps

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Rapid Release Gelcaps are elongated red and white gel capsules that have specially designed perforations in the gelatin that allow the 500 mg of acetaminophen to be absorbed quicker 2.

Tylenol Extra Strength Caplets

The caplets are elongated, white, coated capsules. According to Tylenol.com, the 13 inactive ingredients include:

  • carnauba wax
  • castor oil
  • corn starch
  • FD&C Red #40
  • hypromellose
  • magnesium stearate
  • polyethylene glycol
  • powdered cellulose
  • pregelatinized starch
  • propylene glycol
  • shellac
  • sodium starch glycolate
  • titanium dioxide

Tylenol Extra Strength Cool Caplets

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The Cool Caplets are flavored, elongated white coated capsules.

Tylenol Extra Strength Rapid Blast Liquid

The Rapid Blast is a red liquid that contains 500 mg of acetaminophen per tablespoon 2. According to Tylenol.com, the other inactive ingredients include:

  • anhydrous citric acid
  • D&C Red #33
  • FD&C Red #40
  • flavor
  • high fructose corn syrup
  • polyethylene glycol
  • propylene glycol
  • purified water
  • saccharin sodium
  • sodium benzoate
  • sorbitol solution

Tylenol Extra Strength EZ Tabs

EZ tabs are another variant and look like small red round pills.