Drugs

Using Acetaminophen and Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs Safely

The Food and Drug Administration advises consumers to follow directions when using common pain and fever reducers. The active ingredients, acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), are safe and effective when the labeling directions or the advice from a healthcare professional is followed. Using more than recommended can cause serious injury.

The national education campaign provides advice on the safe use of over-the-counter (OTC) pain relief products.

These resources are intended for use by educators, health care professionals, and consumers. Most materials are available in PDF format for immediate downloading or printing. Some materials may be available in print to order at no cost. Send requests for printed materials to ocommpubs@fda.hhs.gov or call 1-888-INFO-FDA.

The following are articles on the safe use of over-the-counter and prescription pain relievers.

Too much acetaminophen can destroy your liverHow can a pain reliever lead to serious liver damage

Too much acetaminophen can destroy your liver
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A Print Public Service Announcement explaining the dangers of taking more acetaminophen than directed and how to use it safely.

How can a pain reliever lead to serious liver damage?
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A Print Public Service Announcement explaining the dangers of taking more acetaminophen than directed and how to use it safely.

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(Acetaminophen PSA): Why is it important to know that all these medicines contain acetaminophen?
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(NSAIDs PSA): The best way to take your over-the-counter pain reliever? Seriously.
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Careful: Acetaminophen in pain relief medicines can cause liver damage
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This fact sheet explains what acetaminophen is and how to use it safely. The fact sheet also discusses the dangers of giving more acetaminophen than directed.

Parents: Acetaminophen in pain relief medicines can cause liver damage
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This fact sheet for parents explains what acetaminophen is and how to use it safely. The fact sheet also discusses the dangers of giving more acetaminophen than directed.

Daily Medicine Record for Your Child

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This daily medicine record helps you track the medicines your child gets each day so you or someone else caring for your child won't accidentally give too much.

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The best way to take your over-the-counter pain reliever? Seriously.

(Four-panel brochure in English and Spanish)

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¿Cuál Es La Mejor Manera de Tomar Su Medicina Comprada Sin Receta Médica? Con Seriedad.

A medicine you bought contains acetaminophen (PDF - 602KB)
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This Point-of-Sale message explains how to take acetaminophen safely. It is given to consumers when purchasing a medicine containing acetaminophen.

(Sizes vary; 4-color; English; can be used on websites and linked to the pertinent "Consumer Education" Web page. Other sizes may be available upon request.)

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Acetaminophen - Too much of this pain reliever can damage your liver. Read the label.

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FDA suggests that the banner graphic link to the www.fda.gov/acetaminophen Web page.

Knock out pain, not your liver.

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FDA suggests that the banner graphic link to the www.fda.gov/acetaminophen Web page.

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Acetaminophen Information for Professionals

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Acetaminophen Information for Consumers

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English and Spanish consumer education tutorials from the National Library of Medicine's MedlinePlus website:

Page Last Updated: 11/19/2013
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