Last September, the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition issued it's 'Double Check, Don't Double Up' campaign (read about it here) to bring awareness and to remind people of the importance of double checking the medicines that they're taking to ensure that they are not taking too much acetaminophen. Since 2011, the FDA has been asking manufacturers to limit or reduce the amount of acetaminophen found in prescription drugs to not exceed 325 mg and they had until January 2014 to do so. Even so, acetaminophen overdose is one of the most common forms of drug poisoning.
Without realizing it you may be taking more than the recommended dosage. Pain medications like Percocet, Vicodin and Norco all contain acetaminophen. Actually over 600 OTC and Rx drugs contain acetaminophen. When taken in addition to Tylenol you're running the risk of drug poisoning. Too much acetaminophen can not only cause liver damage but can also cause blisters, rashes, reddening of the skin, nausea, vomiting, increased sweating, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine, severe stomach/abdominal pain and extreme tiredness.
That's why it's so important to take pain medications responsibility. Regardless of whether your taking pain relievers to combat knee pain, dental pain, or a headache it's important not to exceed the daily recommended acetaminophen dosage every time. Always follow carefully the acetaminophen dosage guidelines on the back of the medicine bottle. If you're taking a prescription pain medication and are also taking Tylenol make sure that you read the label closely and also consult with your doctor or physician to be sure that you can take both together to avoid any serious side effects. Remember that you're only supposed to take one pill containing acetaminophen at a time.
To learn more about dosage and pain relief, Tylenol has a short informational video about dosing and how to use Tylenol and other acetaminophen related products effectively and responsibly. The video can be seen attached or you can visit the Tylenol Official YouTube page by clicking here to view the video. For more information about your medication and if it contains acetaminophen visit the Get Relief Responsibly website bought to you by the makers of Tylenol.