In my former post, Theophilus, I wrote about the questionable marketing of various Tylenol products. The findings of my Tylenol study went relatively unnoticed. I will allow that it was a rather verbose post, so let me summarize: Tylenol Flu (Extra Strength) and Tylenol Cold (Extra Strength) are a) the identical product and b) will do the same job as any one of the other available Tylenol products—they simply have a few more ingredients to cover more specific symptoms.
Dixie must have forgotten this post—or (more likely) she skimmed or simply ignored my first post on the subject—because she arrived home today and announced that she had bought a variety of Tylenol products to deal with our children’s various current illnesses. Here they are:
From left to right:Children’s (Age 2-11) Tylenol Cough & Runny Nose; Children’s Tylenol Decongestant; Children’s Tylenol; Infants’ Tylenol (up to 35lbs).
I have arranged the boxes in this order for a reason, which is this: each box can do the same thing as all the boxes to its right. So, for example, the box on the far left (Cough & Runny Nose) will do the same thing as every other box. This is because the Cough & Runny Nose product has the exact same ingredients as the other boxes, plus some others.
I would have expected the Infants’ Tylenol to have a lower dosage of medicine (acetaminophen*) than the Children’s Tylenol. In fact, per volume the Infants’ Tylenol has a significantly higher dosage (80mg/ml) of acetaminophen than the Children’s Tylenol (32mg/ml). It’s just that the directions on the Infants’ box indicates a smaller amount of the product is to be given to the infant.
But the story doesn’t end there, folks. Oh, no. The directions for children that are Madeline and Luke’s age indicate they should be given 5ml of Tylenol, which gives them 160mg of acetaminophen—for children of Olivia’s weight it is suggested we consult our physician. However, the directions on the Infants’ box say that an infant of Olivia’s weight should be given 2ml of the Tylenol, giving her 160mg of acetaminophen—the exact same amount as the heavier children would receive!
I don’t get it. Am I missing something?
It’s all about the consumer, and that’s why you get the odd packaging. You know “Gimme sumtin for floo” – it’s their way of saying ‘this is good for flu’ even though it’s good for a cold too.
Fair enough. But now you know, folks, for the next time you are buying cold relief products: you don’t need to buy $40 worth of “different” products when just one of them will cover all the bases.
*I’m not sure if any of the infants’ products from Tylenol would include any of the medicinal ingredients for suppressing a cough or the antihistimine, so the comparisons that follow apply only for ordinary Chidren’s Tylenol and Infants’ Tylenol.
**Remember Jonathan Torrens? He was awesome. (He’s still alive and acting, but I haven’t seen him in anything recently)