Dosing charts for adult OTC pain relievers
What you can do to use OTC pain relievers responsibly
Take ONLY 1 medicine that contains the same kind of medicinal ingredient at a time. Why?
If you take more than 1 medicine that contains an NSAID, it can increase your risk of stomach bleeding
If you take Aspirin® (daily low dose ASA – 81 – 325 mg) for daily preventive therapy, ibuprofen may decrease that heart health benefit
If you take more than 1 medicine that contains acetaminophen, it increases your chance of taking too much, and that could cause serious or potentially fatal liver damage
Check your medicines. Hundreds of over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medicines contain the same kind of medicinal ingredient.
Remember: It is important to always read and follow the label. If you have any questions or are unsure which pain reliever may be appropriate for you, talk with your healthcare professional.