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U.S. Health Coalition Issues Public Safety Message for Acetaminophen Users
Date:11/12/2013

s in their medicines and following dosing directions when taking all medicines—especially during cold and flu season when medicines for coughs and stuffy noses are commonly layered on top of other medications they may be taking," said Kathleen Wilson, nurse practitioner and member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, a founding organization of the AAC. "Because acetaminophen is in many pain relievers as well as medicines to treat cold and flu symptoms, I remind my patients to double check medicine labels and avoid taking two medicines that contain acetaminophen so they don't exceed the daily limit when taking multiple medicines."

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends taking no more than 4,000 mg of acetaminophen in a 24-hour period. For more information, and to see a list of some of the common medicines that contain acetaminophen, visit www.KnowYourDose.org.

When taking medicines for cough, cold or flu, the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition counsels consumers to follow these four simple acetaminophen safety steps:

  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 over-the-counter medicine labels and sometimes listed as "APAP" or "acetam" on prescription labels.
  3. Never take two medicines that contain acetaminophen at the same time.
  4. Ask a healthcare provider or a pharmacist if you have questions about dosing instructions or medicines that contain acetaminophen.

The Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition is a diverse group of leading health, healthcare provider and consumer organizations. The Coalition supports the Know Your Dose campaign to educate consumers about safe acetaminophen use in order to prevent liver damage. Coalition members are a
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