Get cold and flu relief responsibly
Discover tips for using medicines responsibly, home remedies, and strategies for avoiding germs.
When you have a cold or the flu, you can be hit with a lot of symptoms at once—and all you want is relief. If you take over-the-counter (OTC) cold and flu medicines, keep in mind that many of them share the same ingredients with each other and with other OTC and prescription medicines. To be sure you’re using them responsibly, read the labels and take ONLY 1 medicine containing the same kind of active ingredient at a time.
It may depend on your age, health conditions and other medications you may be currently taking.
Take ONLY 1 product with a cough/cold or pain/fever ingredient at a time. Why?
Acetaminophen: Is in many cold/cough/flu/sinus products. Taking more than one or combining with other pain medicines increases your chances of taking too much (more than 4,000 mg in a day), which could harm your liver.
Cold/Cough/Flu/Sinus Ingredients: It can also be harmful to exceed the single and daily dose of these ingredients. Always read and follow the labels to understand what is in your medicines.
Any TYLENOL® product even if it is for colds, cough, flu or sinus
NSAIDs: NSAIDs like ibuprofen can be in many cold/cough/flu/sinus products. Taking more than one or combining with other pain medicines can increase your chances of stomach bleeding or ulcers.
Any Advil® product even if it is for colds, cough, flu or sinus
SUDAFED SINUS ADVANCE®
Colds or the flu can mean lots of symptoms—headache, cough, congestion, muscle aches, and more. But if you think you need more than one medicine, STOP and think twice:
Medicines like cold/cough/flu/sinus products, pain relievers, sleep aids, and decongestants often contain the same ingredients
To avoid harmful side effects from taking more than the single or maximum daily dose, take ONLY 1 medicine with the same kind of medicinal ingredient at a time