Drugs

Why is it important to know that all these medicines contain acetaminophen?

Because too much can damage your liver.

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Acetaminophen is an active ingredient found in more than 600 over-the-counter and prescription medicines, such as pain relievers, cough suppressants and cold medications. It is safe and effective when used correctly, but taking too much can lead to liver damage. Different medicines contain different amounts, so follow dosage directions carefully. And don’t take more than one acetaminophen product a day without first speaking to a health care professional. To learn more, call 1-888-INFO-FDA or visit www.fda.gov/drugs/default.htm.

Read the label. Know the active ingredients in your medicines.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Consumer Education: Over-the-Counter Medicine

Page Last Updated: 08/28/2013
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