Navigation Links
Ahead of Cold and Flu Season, Health Coalition Issues Medicine Safety Tips
Date:9/12/2013

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As consumers start getting flu shots and stocking home medicine cabinets in anticipation of the coming cold and flu season, the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition is issuing a consumer message to "Double Check, Don't Double Up" on acetaminophen when treating winter illnesses. The nationwide awareness effort is a helpful reminder on the importance of medicine safety when treating cold and flu symptoms. Acetaminophen is the most common drug ingredient in America. It is found in more than 600 different medicines, including prescription (Rx) and over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers, fever reducers, sleep aids and numerous medicines for cough, cold and flu. It is safe and effective when used as directed, but there is a limit to how much can be taken in one day. Taking more than directed is an overdose and can lead to liver damage.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121017/DC95076-INFO )

Flu shots can be a good way to protect yourself, but if and when a winter illness strikes, consumers taking medicines containing acetaminophen should follow these four safety steps when treating cold, cough or flu symptoms:

  1. Always read and follow the medicine label.
  2. Know if medicines contain acetaminophen, which is in bold type or highlighted in the "active ingredients" section of the Drug Facts Label on over-the-counter medicines and sometimes listed as "APAP" or "acetam" on prescription labels.
  3. Never take two medicines that contain acetaminophen at the same time.
  4. Ask your healthcare provider or a pharmacist if you have questions about dosing instructions or medicines that contain acetaminophen.

The Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition (AAC), a diverse group of leading health, healthcare provider and consumer organizations, urges consumers to double check their medicine labels so they don't double up on medicines that contain acetaminophen when treating cold and flu symptoms. The Coalition supports the Know Your Dose Campaign to educate consumers about safe acetaminophen use in order to prevent liver damage.

* * *

Members of the AAC include the Alliance for Aging Research, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation, American Academy of Physicians Assistants, National Community Pharmacists Association, National Consumers League, American Pharmacists Association, National Council on Patient Information and Education, and CHPA Educational Foundation.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition
Copyright©2012 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Scotland Continues to Forge Ahead in Stem Cell Research
2. Adapt, React, Evolve: Staying Ahead in the Breast Cancer Gene Testing, Solar Energy, and Oil & Gas Markets with Reliable Analytics and Actionable Insights from GlobalDatas 700 Market Analysts
3. Promise and Problems Signal Mixed Year Ahead for Biopharmaceutical Industry, Says Pharmaceutical Executive Magazine
4. HOLOGIC ANNOUNCES ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGES TO ITS DIAGNOSTICS SEGMENT; INTEGRATION OF GEN-PROBE PROCEEDING AHEAD OF SCHEDULE
5. ProteinSimple Charges Ahead with the Simple Western
6. Tougher Times May be Ahead for Biotechs: 1H12 Fundraising Slows
7. With Busy Summer Forecast Ahead, More Hotels Are Raising Hygiene Standards, Says UMF Corporation
8. Shire to Present at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Health Care Conference
9. New Edition of Popular Guide to Health Economic Evaluation Published by OHE
10. Breakthrough AffloVest now reimbursed by Medicare and private health insurance
11. University Health System-San Antonio Boosts Patient Safety: Upgrades Patient Monitoring to Innovative Pulse Oximetry Technology
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/5/2016)... Dec. 5 2016 United Kingdom Ophthalmic ... GlobalData,s new report, "United Kingdom Ophthalmic Diagnostic ... data on the United Kingdom Ophthalmic Diagnostic Equipment ... US dollars, volume (in units) and average prices ... (OCT), Retinal Ultrasound Imaging Systems, Corneal Topography Systems, ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... Dec. 5, 2016   Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals (NYSE: ... company, today announced that it received a perfect score ... (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate ... transgender (LGBT) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights ... major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... Dec. 5, 2016  Cornerstone Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a ... data from two Phase I trials evaluating its ... 58th annual meeting of the American Society of ... . The two datasets show encouraging efficacy ... leukemia (AML) and T-cell non-Hodgkin,s lymphoma (T-cell NHL), ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:12/6/2016)... ... December 06, 2016 , ... Gateway ... now offering HIAC particle counting and sizing services for USP 788 and 789 ... the new service as a response to the needs of pharmaceutical and medical ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... December 06, 2016 , ... 'Tis the ... disrupt daily routines. That means it's also the season when eating healthy, staying active, ... with diabetes) on schedule is harder to do. , "Shopping trips, parties and ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... ... December 06, 2016 , ... ... the only authorized OSHA Training Institute Education Center headquartered in Northern California, has ... focused on providing occupational safety and health training to public sector employees. , ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... ... December 05, 2016 , ... ... Surgery, is excited to announce the arrival of the newest Sciton laser in ... the ability to use tunable non-ablative and ablative wavelengths for exceptional results. Outperforming ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... ... 05, 2016 , ... Researchers at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital want to ... Over the course of three years, researchers will study concussions and changes in brain ... equipped with special sensors, will track the location and force of the hit. The ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):