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Monday, August 18, 2014

Medical Mondays: Acetaminophen Know Your Dose #medicalmondays

Medical Mondays:Acetaminophen.... Know Your Dose 


Did you know that acetaminophen is found in more than 600 different prescription and over-the-counter medicines? It’s in pain relievers, fever reducers and sleep aids, as well as cough, cold and flu medicines. More than 50 million Americans use an acetaminophen-containing medicine each week.
Acetaminophen is safe and effective when used as directed, but there’s a limit to how much you can take in one day: 4,000 milligrams. Taking more than the maximum daily dose is an overdose and can lead to liver damage. Each year, acetaminophen overdose is associated with an estimated 56,000 emergency room visits and 26,000 hospitalizations.
Education is a key step to driving safe medicine use and preventing overdose. Today’s infographic from theAcetaminophen Awareness Coalition shows three common mistakes that people can make when taking acetaminophen, and provides four simple steps to make sure you use it safely: 1) always read and follow your medicine labels; 2) know if your medicines contain acetaminophen; 3) never take two medicines with acetaminophen at the same time; and 4) ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Check out this infographic, and always know your dose. For more information, visit KnowYourDose.org or follow @KnowYourDose on Twitter.









Medical Mondays is health information and education only, not a replacement for a visit to your regular doctor. The information provided here is not provided to diagnose or treat any medical conditions, simply to provide education to help our readers live more healthy educated life's. Please call 911 if you or your family member is experiencing a life threatening health problem that needs immediate care. 

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