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Additional Medication Information
To find out what medicines contain acetaminophen, please click on the Know Your Dose link below:
To look up the liver toxicity of a specific medicine or herbal supplement, please click on the LiverTox link below:
Please click on the link below to get more information on how to manage your medications:
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.
Learn how to read medicine labels by clicking here.
Always read the label before taking any medicine. Never take more acetaminophen than the label says. Taking too much can lead to liver damage.
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 you are taking an over-the-counter medicine, check the front of the package and the “active ingredient” section of the Drug Facts label for the word “acetaminophen.”
*For prescription medicine, look for the word “acetaminophen” or a shorter version such as “APAP” or “acetam” on the label.
Don’t take two or more medicines that contain acetaminophen at the same time. Taking too much acetaminophen can cause liver damage.
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.