Reviewing the dosing behaviors that can lead to acetaminophen overdose, a new report and educational resource aimed at encouraging safe and appropriate use of America’s most common drug ingredient has been released. “Acetaminophen: How It’s Used, Preventing Overdose and What We Can Do to Promote Safe Use” reviews research related to common dosing mistakes that lead some people to exceed the labeled maximum daily dose of 4,000 mg a day. The report finds that 72% of those who exceeded the maximum dose took a new dose too soon and that 59% were using multiple products containing acetaminophen at the same time. The report also highlights recent research showing that educational efforts are having an impact on consumer knowledge and perceptions surrounding acetaminophen safety.
More information on safe acetaminophen use is available on the Know Your Dose website. Additional information about safe use of prescription and over-the-counter medications is available in the Appropriate Use section of the AWARXE website.