Cold and flu season is right around the corner and it's about time for most people to restock their medicine cabinets with the necessary medicines needed to ward off colds and the flu. With this in mind the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition has issued their 'Double Check, Don't Double Up' consumer message. By doing this, they hope to raise awareness and remind people of the importance of double checking their medicines that they take to make sure that they are not taking too much acetaminophen.
As a medical reminder, the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition reminds consumers that acetaminophen is the most common drug ingredient in America and is found in over 600 medicines so it's easy to take more than the recommended dosage at one time. Taking too much acetaminophen over time can cause liver damage.
Consumers are asked to follow the following four safety rules:
Always read and follow the directions as listed on the medicine label on all medicines regardless if they're prescription medicines or over the counter.
Know if the medicines you are taking contain acetaminophen. Acetaminophen is normally printed in highlighted letters or in bold type under 'active ingredients' listed on the Drug Facts Label. For prescription medicines it is sometimes listed as 'APAP' or 'acetam'. When in doubt ask your pharmacist.
Never take two medicines that contain acetaminophen at the same time.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions regarding dosages and medicines that contain acetaminophen.
For more information about acetaminophen and what medicines contain acetaminophen please visit the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition website at http://www.knowyourdose.org/about-acetaminophen-awareness-coalition.
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