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Dosing Tips for Taking Medicines

Whether you are treating your own symptoms, those of a family member, or someone for whom you have been tasked with caring, it is important to have a basic knowledge of over-the-counter (OTC) medicine safety. Millions turn to OTC medicines when treating their family’s symptoms and it is important to do so safely.

When given as directed, OTC medicines help treat symptoms, but like all medicines, they have risks if misused. Below are some general tips to consider when using OTC medicines.

General Dosing Tips for Taking Medicines

Additional Tips for Giving Medicines to Children

Additional Tips for Pregnant and Nursing Moms

Additional Tips for Seniors

Know Your Dose

The CHPA Educational Foundation is a proud member of the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition whose goal is to educate patients and consumers on how to appropriately use medicines that contain acetaminophen. Visit the coalition’s website, KnowYourDose.org, to view a list of common medicines that contain acetaminophen, get tips on reading your over-the-counter and prescription labels and order free educational materials on how to appropriately use medicines that contain acetaminophen. 

If you ever have questions on your health or the health of a family member, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider.


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