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FDA CONSUMER HEALTH INFORMATION - Ten Tips to Prevent an Accidental Overdose

SILVER SPRING, Md., May 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Taking the right dose is vital to ensuring that a medicine will do its job—and is unlikely to do any harm.


Many over-the-counter liquid medicines come with spoons, cups, oral droppers, or syringes designed to measure the proper dose. But these devices don't always have clear or consistent markings and there have been accidental overdoses.

Find out how FDA is addressing the problem and what parents and caregivers can do to avoid giving too much or too little medicine at

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