The American Liver Foundation is a proud partner in the Know Your Dose campaign, which is led by the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition. The initiative seeks to raise awareness and promotes four simple steps for safe acetaminophen use.
Follow these four steps to help you take acetaminophen safely:
Acetaminophen is found in more than 600 different prescription and over-the-counter medicines. These include pain relievers, fever reducers, cough, cold, and allergy medicines, as well as sleep aids. It is the most common drug ingredient in the United States.
When used as directed, acetaminophen is safe and effective. But there is a limit to how much you can take in one day. Taking more acetaminophen than directed is an overdose and can lead to liver damage. Acetaminophen overdose is the most common cause of acute liver failure in the United States.
Knowing how to read the labels on prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines is an important step in making sure that you use medicines safely. Always keep your medicine in the original packaging so that you have proper dosing information on hand. You need to know if acetaminophen is in the medicines you take so you can avoid taking too much.
Here’s how to find out if your medication contains acetaminophen:
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Each week, more than 50 million Americans use a medicine that contains acetaminophen. A report and educational resource from the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition reviews the dosing behaviors that can lead to unintentional acetaminophen overdose and explores the successful impact of ongoing education campaigns to drive safe use and prevent overdose-related liver damage. Order copies, download an infographic, and learn more here: KnowYourDose.org/report.
Last updated on August 15th, 2022 at 12:16 pm