Tempra®: Frequently asked questions

How does acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tempra®) work?

It is not fully understood how acetaminophen works as a pain reliever (analgesic) and fever reducer (antipyretic).

It is a drug used to relieve mild headache or muscle and joint pain, and to reduce fever.

An organic compound, it relieves pain by inhibiting prostaglandin synthesis in the central nervous system and reduces fever by acting on the temperature-regulating centre of the brain. Unlike aspirin, it has no anti-inflammatory effect. It also is much less likely to irritate the stomach and cause peptic ulcers, is not linked with Reye’s syndrome, and can be taken by persons allergic to aspirin.

What does this mean to you as a parent?

Acetaminophen (such as Tempra®) is helpful to help relieve aches and pains, headaches and fever, related to colds, the flu, teething and earaches in your child.