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FDA releases new video explaining how to take acetaminophen safely

Spring has arrived and allergy sufferers begin their annual ritual of sniffling and sneezing, often taking medications that contain acetaminophen to treat their symptoms. FDA has released a new video, Taking Acetaminophen Safely, to remind consumers to always check the drug facts labels on all their medications to help them prevent accidentally taking too much acetaminophen. Acetaminophen is a common medication used for relieving pain and reducing fever that’s found in hundreds of prescription and over-the-counter medicines, including those used to treat allergies.

Taking Acetaminophen Safely is the newest video in the Medicines in my Home educational program. It provides background about acetaminophen and the many different types of drugs that might contain this active ingredient, the danger of taking more than is directed, how to learn if acetaminophen is contained in a product by looking at the drug facts label, and how to take it safely. It also encourages consumers to contact their healthcare professionals if they have questions or concerns.

Please share this Taking Acetaminophen Safely video, or any related FDA materials, on your websites and social media channels. Visit http://www.fda.gov/otcpaininfo or  http://www.knowyourdose.org for additional information and materials, including articles, public service announcements, fact sheets, widgets, and tutorials.