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CAS No.103-90-2
Chemical Name:4-Acetamidophenol
Synonyms:G 1;APAP;Dirox;Dypap;Exdol;Fevor;Hedex;Korum;NAPAP;Panex
Molecular Formula:C8H9NO2
Formula Weight:151.16
MOL File:103-90-2.mol
4-Acetamidophenol Property
Melting point : 168-172 °C(lit.)
density : 1,293 g/cm3
Fp : 11 °C
storage temp. : Store at RT
Water Solubility : 14 g/L (20 ºC)
Merck : 14,47
BRN : 2208089
CAS DataBase Reference: 103-90-2(CAS DataBase Reference)
NIST Chemistry Reference: Acetaminophen(103-90-2)
EPA Substance Registry System: Acetamide, N-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-(103-90-2)
Hazard Codes : Xn,T,F
Risk Statements : 22-36/37/38-52/53-36/38-40-39/23/24/25-23/24/25-11
Safety Statements : 26-36-61-37/39-22-45-36/37-16-7
WGK Germany : 1
RTECS : AE4200000
HS Code : 29242930
Hazardous Substances Data: 103-90-2(Hazardous Substances Data)

4-Acetamidophenol Chemical Properties,Usage,Production

Antipyretic analgesic
The chemiacal name of 4-acetaminophen is N-(4-hydroxy phenyl) acetamide and the trade name is paracetamol belonging to acetanilide antipyretic analgesics. It was first synthesized by Morse in 1878 and first used in clinic by VonMering in 1893. It has become an over the counter drug in the USA since 1955 and our country started production at the end of the 1950’s. 4-acetaminophen is a white crystalline or a crystalline powder in appearance with melting point from 168℃ to 172℃, odorless, slightly bitter taste, freely soluble in hot water or ethanol, dissolved in acetone, practically insoluble in cold water and petroleum ether. It is stable below 45℃ but will be hydrolyzed into p-aminophenol when exposed to humid air, then oxidized further. The color grades gradually from pink to brown then to black, so it should be sealed and stored in a cool and dry place.

4-Acetamidophenol has the antipyretic activity by inhibiting the synthesis of hypothalamic thermoregulation prostaglandins and its strength of antipyretic effect is similar to aspirin. On the other hand, 4-Acetamidophenol can produce analgesic effect by inhibiting the synthesis of prostaglandins in the central nervous system and blocking impulses of nociceptive nerve endings, but weaker than aspirin. Compared with aspirin, 4-Acetamidophenol has minor irritation, few allergic reactions and other advantages. Its antipyretic and analgesic effect is similar to phenacetin, and   the use of 4-acetaminophen increases due to limiting or banning using phenacetin in many countries.

In clinical, it is mainly used for fever and headache caused by cold and relieving mild to moderate pain such as joint pain, muscle pain, neuralgia, migraine, dysmenorrhea, cancer pain, postoperative analgesia and so on. It can be used for patients who are allergic to aspirin, intolerant of aspirin, or unsuited for aspirin, such as patients with varicella, hemophilia and other hemorrhagic disease (patients having anticoagulant therapy included), as well as patients with slight peptic ulcer and gastritis. In addition, it also can be used for the synthesis of benorylate and used as asymmetric synthetic intermediates, photographic chemicals and stabilizer of hydrogen peroxide.
Chemical property
Obtain prism crystallization from ethanol. Melting point 169-171℃, relative density 1.293(21/4℃). Soluble in ethanol, acetone and hot water, difficult to dissolve in water, insoluble in petroleum ether and benzene. Odorless, bitter. The pH value of saturated aqueous solution is 5.5-6.5.
Pharmacological Actions
This product is used as antipyretic analgesics. It has the antipyretic activity by means of mediated peripheral vasodilation and perspiration caused by inhibiting the cyclooxygenase which selectively inhibiting the synthesis of hypothalamic thermoregulation prostaglandins, and its strength of antipyretic effect is similar to aspirin. As a peripheral analgesic, it can produce analgesic effect by inhibiting the synthesis and release of prostaglandins and increasing pain threshold. However, its action is weaker than aspirin and it is only effective for mild to moderate pain. There is no obvious anti-inflammation effect.
The oral absorption is rapid and complete, and the peak time occurs 0.5~2h later. The plasma protein binding rate is 25%~50%. This product is equally distributed in the body, 90%~95% is metabolized in the liver and mainly excreted from the kidney combining with glucuronic acid  and about 3% exits the body unchanged in the urine within 24h. Its half-life (t1/2) is 1~4h (average 2h). In case of renal insufficiency t1/2 is not affected, but t1/2 of patients with hepatic insufficiency, newborns or elderly patients may increase and t1/2 of children may decrease. It can be secreted by milk.
Preparation method
1. Using nitrobenzene as raw material
In the presence of concentrated sulfuric acid and sixteen alkyl methyl ammonium chloride, nitrobenzene is transformed into p-Aminophenol by catalytic hydrogenation with Pd/C as catalyst. P-acetaminophen is synthesized acetylation by one-step acylation without separation and the yield is 64.3%. The reaction is as followed:
Preparation method1
2. Using paranitrophenol as raw material
With paracetamol as raw material and Pd/C as catalyst, paracetamol is synthesized by hydroacylation on one-step method. The optimum solvent is acetic acid of which the dosage is 2 to 5 times of paranitrophenol and the yield of paracetamol is up to 95%. When Pd-La/C is used as catalyst instead, the yield can reach 97%. The reaction is as followed:
  Preparation method 2
3. Using p-aminophenol as raw material
Under these conditions of using p-aminophenol and acetic anhydride as raw materials, zinc powder as the antioxidant, activated carbon as the decolorizing agent and dilute acetic acid as the reaction medium, paracetamol is synthesized by microwave irradiation technology and the yield is up to81.2%. The reaction is as followed:
Preparation method 3
4. Using p-Hydroxyacetophenone as raw material
First oximate p-Hydroxyacetophenone and then rearrange it to obtain paracetamol by means of Beckmann. Under this method, the yield of 4-hydroxyacetophenone oxime obtained by oximating p-Hydroxyacetophenone is 93.5%. Then we use Hβ molecular sieve as catalyst and acetone as the solvent to obtain acetaminophen by rearrangement and the yield is 81.2 %. In the rearrangement reaction, acetone is used as the solvent and Al-MCM-41 molecular sieve is used as the catalyst. The yield is the highest when the content of phosphoric acid in the catalyst is 30%. The reaction is as followed:
  Preparation method 4
5. Using  phenol as raw material
Phenol is used as the raw material and synthesizes paracetamol after acetylation, Fries rearrangement, oxime and Beckmann rearrangement. The yields are 82%, 68.6%, 50.5%,
respectively. The reaction is as followed:
Preparation method 5
Usage and Dosage
This product is antipyretic and analgesic whose international nonproprietary name is Paracetamol. It is the most common non anti-inflammatory analgesia-antipyretic drugs without anti inflammatory and anti rheumatism action. Its antipyretic effect is similar to aspirin, but analgesic effect is weak. It is the best of breed of acetanilid drugs. The product is especially suitable for patients who cannot use carboxylic acids drugs. It is used for cold and toothache. Acetaminophen is also used as organic synthesis intermediates, stabilizer of hydrogen peroxide, photographic chemicals.

1. Oral (1) Paracetamol tablets or paracetamol capsules: adults take 300~600mg at a time and 3~4 times a day according to the need. The daily dosage should not be greater than 2g. Defervescence treatment is generally less than 3 days and the administration of pain relief lasts less than 10 days. Children take 10~15mg/kg every 4~ 6 hours. The dosage of children under the age of 12 does not exceed 5 times a day, a five-day course at most. This product should not be taken for a long time.
2. Dispersible tablets: When take tablets, disperse them in warm water dispersion. The commonly used amount of children is 10~15mg/kg every 4~ 6 hours. The dosage of children under the age of 12 does not exceed 5 times a day, a five-day course at most. Children under 3 years old cut back on the amount.
Adverse reaction
1. Allergic reactions: This product has less and slight side effects a dose treatment except for occasional rashes, hives and other allergic reactions. Methemoglobinemia may occur in a few cases.
2. Hepatorenal damage: A large number of long-term use,  hepatorenal damages and thrombocytopenia may occur, even jaundice, oliguria, acute severe hepatitis, which could lead to coma, and death. Using at high dosage may cause nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, stomach cramps, diarrhea, anorexia, sweating, etc.
3. For children under the age of 3, the development of liver and kidney function is not mature with poor detoxification and excretory function, so they should try to avoid using this product. In addition, patients with liver and kidney insufficiency and pregnant women should use cautiously. The long-term drug users should regularly check renal function and hemogram.
It is contraindicated in patients allergic to the product and patients with severe liver and kidney function deficiency.
  • Allergies are disabled. Patients who are allergic to aspirin do not have allergic reactions generally. However, it has been reported that a small number of patients with asthma caused by aspirin-sensitivity can have an episode of bronchospasm after taking drugs.
  • This product may increase the risk of liver toxicity when patients suffer from alcohol poisoning, liver disease or viral hepatitis, so it should be used with caution. Patients with renal insufficiency take a lot of products regularly, leading to increasing risk of renal toxicity, so they should be careful. It is contraindicated in patients with severe liver and kidney function deficiency.
  • When taking the drug for pain, it is not allowed to take for more than 40 consecutive days. Antipyretic treatments shall not exceed 3 days, unless doctors tell you otherwise. After taking this product, patients should immediately stop taking medicine when symptoms of erythema or edema occur. This product is only a drug for symptomatic treatment, it is necessary to take other treatments to relieve reasons of pain or fever at the same time when taken.
  • This product can be passed through the placenta and secreted in milk, so pregnant women and lactating women are not recommended to use. For children under the age of 3, the development of liver and kidney function is not mature with poor detoxification and excretory function, so they should try to avoid using this product. Because the development of liver and kidney function declines, t1/2 of elderly patients may increase leading to adverse reactions easily. Patients should take with caution or take a smaller amount of use appropriately.
  • The interferences of diagnosis: ① Glucose measurement, falsely low values are measured by glucose oxidase / peroxidase methods, but no effect occurs when measured by hexokinase /6- dehydrogenase methods; ② Assays for uric acid of serum, falsely high values are measured by phosphotungstic acid method; ③ Determination of urinary 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid (5-HIAA), falsely positive results are obtained in a screening test with nitroso naphthol reagent, but quantitative test is not affected; ④Liver function tests, prothrombin time, serum bilirubin, lactic dehydrogenase and serum aminotransferase can be increased due to high doses or long-term use.
  • In case of large dosage, promote vomiting timely and give antagonists named N-acetylcysteine (140mg/kg orally given at the beginning, then 70mg/kg, take 1 times every 4h, 17 times; it can be given intravenously when serious, the drug can be dissolved in 5% 200 ml glucose injection and used through intravenous drip) or take methionine orally, which has a protective effect on the liver. Do not give activated carbon, because it can affect the absorption of drugs. The antagonist should be applied as soon as possible because the effect is satisfactory in 12 h but the effect is worse over 24 h. In the treatment, it is best to monitor the blood concentration and give other therapies, such as hemodialysis or hemofiltration.
Drug interactions
  • For patients with chronic alcohol ingestion or other liver enzyme inducers, especially barbiturates or anticonvulsants, when taking long-term or a large-scale use of this product, they may have a higher risk of liver toxicity.
  • When combined with chloramphenicol, this product can prolong the latter t1/2 and enhance its toxicity.
  • When combined with anticoagulant drugs, this product can increase the anti-blood-clotting effect. So it is necessary to adjust the dosage of anticoagulant drugs.
  • When combining long-term large quantities of 4-Acetamidophenol with aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, it will increase the risk of renal toxicity.
  • When combined with the antiviral drug, zidovudine, it can increase the toxicity. We ought to avoid using at the same time.
Administration nursing care point
  • Nurse according to the general principles of analgesia-antipyretic drugs.
  • The caregiver should exhort the patient to pay attention to the following things during medication period: ①No drinking, drinking may aggravate the liver toxicity of this product; ②Drink plenty of water to reduce the concentration of drug in renal tubules and reduce the occurrence of “analgesic nephropathy”; ③When taking chewing chips, chew them up; ④No unauthorized use other NSAIDS or compound preparation containing NSAIDS at the same time to avoid increasing the renal toxicity.
  • In a poisoning caused by this product, we should give patients oral antagonists, acetylcysteine (Tan Yijing) as soon as possible, not oral activated carbon, because the latter can affect the absorption of antagonists. Initial dose of acetylcysteine is 140 mg/kg, add 70 mg/kg every 4 h, 17 times totally. Intake: configure acetylcysteine into a 5% solution or add in triple drinks and take after shaking well to avoid fetid odors and irritations. For the occurrence of vomiting within 1 h after medication, resupply, if necessary, take nasal or rectal administration. In severe cases, the drug can be dissolved in 5% 200 ml glucose injection and used through intravenous drip. The antagonist should be applied as soon as possible because the effect is satisfactory in 12 h but the effect is worse over 24 h. In the treatment, it is best to monitor the blood concentration and give other therapies, such as hemodialysis or hemofiltration.
Organic synthesis intermediates, stabilizer of hydrogen peroxide, photographic chemicals, non anti-inflammatory analgesia-antipyretic drugs.
Produced by acetylation of p-aminophenol. Method 1: add p-aminophenol into dilute acetic acid, then add glacial acetic acid, heat up to 150℃and react for 7h, add acetic anhydride and react for 2h, check the end point and cool to 25℃ after the acceptance, shake it and filter, water until no acetic acid flavor exists, dry to get crude products. Method 2: distill p-aminophenol, acetic acid and acid industrial containing more than 50% acid together, the speed of distilling dilute acid for is 1/10 of the total distillate in one hour, check the residue of p-aminophenol less than 2.5% aminophenol by sampling inspection when inner temperature rises up to 130℃, add dilute acid (content of more than 50%), cool to get crystallization. After shaking and filter, first use a small amount of dilute acid to wash, and then use a large number of water till filtrate is near colourless to get crude products. The yield of method 1 is 90%, but the yield of method 2 is 90-95%. Refining methods: add the crude product when the water is heated to near boiling. Heat up to the total dissolution, add activated carbon soaked in water, use dilute acetic acid to adjust till pH=4.2-4.6, boil for 10min. Filter press, add a small amount of sodium bisulfite into the filtrate. Cool to below 20℃, separate crystals out. After shaking and filter, wash and dry to get active ingredients, paracetamol finished products. Other methods of production are as followed: (1) p-nitrophenol is reduced by zinc in acetic acid, and acetaminophen is obtained by acetylation at the same time; (2) put the hydrazone generated from p-hydroxyacetophenone in acid solution containing sulfuric acid, and then add sodium nitrite to get acetaminophen by renversement.
Chemical Properties
White Solid
dispersing agent in liquid scintillation counting
Analgesic; antipyretic
General Description
Odorless white crystalline solid. Bitter taste. pH (saturated aqueous solution) about 6.
Air & Water Reactions
Slightly soluble in water.
Reactivity Profile
4-Acetamidophenol is sensitive to light. Incompatible with strong oxidizers. .
Fire Hazard
Flash point data for 4-Acetamidophenol are not available; however, 4-Acetamidophenol is probably combustible.
Biological Activity
Cyclooxygenase inhibitor; may be selective for COX-3 (IC 50 values are 460, > 1000 and > 1000 μ M for canine COX-3, and murine COX-1 and COX-2 respectively). Widely used analgesic and antipyretic agent.
4-Acetamidophenol Preparation Products And Raw materials
Raw materials
Benzophenone hydrazone Acetic anhydride 4-Aminophenol Sodium bisulfite 4'-Hydroxyacetophenone Hydrochloric acid Acetic acid glacial Iron Magnesium oxide Activated carbon Sodium metabisulfite
Preparation Products
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