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  1. Understanding Over-the-Counter Medicines

Using Acetaminophen and Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs Safely

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.

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

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

Too much acetaminophen can destroy your liver
(Sizes: 8.5x11 and 16x20; 4-color; English)
PDF - 175KB (low resolution) or PDF - 1MB (high resolution)

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?
(Sizes: 8.5x11 and 16x20; 4-color; English)
PDF - 157KB (low resolution) or PDF - 832KB (high resolution)

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?
HTML or PDF - 44KB (low resolution] or PDF - 8MB (high resolution)
 
Careful: Acetaminophen in pain relief medicines can cause liver damage Parent Fact Sheet thumbnail of medicine record table

Careful: Acetaminophen in pain relief medicines can cause liver damage
(Size: 8.5x11; horizontal fold; 4-color; English)
HTML or PDF - 145KB 
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
(Size: 8.5x11; horizontal fold; 4-color; English)
HTML or PDF - 240KB (low resolution) or PDF - 4MB (high resolution)

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

(Size: 8.5x11; English)
HTML or PDF - 97KB

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.

A medicine you bought contains acetaminophen (PDF - 602KB)
Sizes: 2-7/8x4.25 and 4.25x2-7/8; 4-color and black and white; English

This Point-of-Sale message explains how to take acetaminophen safely. It is given to consumers when purchasing a medicine containing acetaminophen.

Title Run Time File Size Transcript
Acetaminophen - broadcast announcement 00:00:42 7 KB PDF
Acetaminophen - broadcast announcement 00:00:37 6 KB PDF
"Acetaminophen – Read the Label" 00:00:20 316 KB PDF
"Acetaminophen – Read the Label" 00:00:30 460 KB PDF

(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.)