Medicines in My Home
You need to know how to choose over-the-counter medicines and use them safely, whether you are a college student making medicine decisions independently for the first time, an adult caring for children or aging parents, or a senior taking an active role in your healthcare.
The Consumers' Room materials are for adults. If you aren't an adult, ask for help and permission from an adult when you think you need a medicine. You can also visit the Students' Room.
Visit the Teachers' Room for lessons created for middle school students (Grades 6 through 8) or adults.
Medicines in My Home: presentation for adults - animated(PPT - 10.5MB)
Animated PowerPoint presentation; right click on full screen slide show to search for speaker notes
Medicines in My Home: presentation for adults - slide notes(PDF - 930KB)
Print version of presentation with slide notes
Medicines in My Home : Information for Adults on Using Over-the-Counter Medicines Safety (Spanish Translation)(PDF - 50KB) OTC medicine information and safety tips to share with family and keep as a resource. (En Espanol) Medicines in My Home: Information for Adults on Using Over-the-Counter Medicines Safely(PDF - 856KB) OTC medicine information and safety tips to share with family and keep as a resource Medicines in My Home: Information for Adults on Using Over-the-Counter Medicines Safely - booklet format(PDF - 855KB) OTC medicine information and safety tips to share with family and keep as a resource. Print double-sided and make into a booklet or order copies from FDA. Email email@example.com and specify adult booklets and number of copies. Checklist for Choosing Over-the-Counter (0TC) Medicine for Adults(PDF - 57KB) My Medicine Record Worksheet to record medicines and dietary supplements to help keep track and to share with health care professionals
And Especially for Parents
As They Grow: Teaching Your Children How To Use Medicines Safely Medicine concepts children can learn from ages 3 to 12 Checklist for Choosing Over-the-Counter (0TC) Medicine for Children(PDF - 59KB) All About Me(PDF - 46KB) Worksheet to help prepare for doctor visits; includes a medicine record to share with the doctor
- Parents: Acetaminophen in pain relief medicines can cause liver damage (HTML)
- Parent Fact Sheet (High Resolution) (PDF - 3.9MB)
Parent Fact Sheet (Low Resolution)(PDF - 241KB) Daily Medicine Record for Your Child(PDF - 66KB) Lock it Up: Medicine Safety in Your Home Watch video for tips on protecting kids from drug-related harm. Teaching Kids About Using Medicine Safely Get tips from an FDA pediatrician, in English and Spanish. Giving Medicine to Children Get tips from an FDA pediatrician on how to engage children in their treatment, in English and Spanish.