Medicine Cabinet Snapshot

Acetaminophen-containing medicines come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Sometimes because of space limitations on the prescription label, acetaminophen is abbreviated as: ACT, APAP, acet, acetamin and acetaminoph.

The Many Faces of Acetaminophen

Shapes of Acetaminophen

  • Tablets
  • Gel Tabs
  • Caplets
  • Suppositories
  • Chewable Tablets
  • Liquid
  • Powder
  • Dissolving Strips

[Source: Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition; www.KnowYourDose.org]

In a survey of college students, many of you told us that you didn’t know that so many OTC and prescription medicines contain acetaminophen. Here’s a short list of some of the medicines containing acetaminophen that you may find in your medicine cabinet. Tell your friends to:

  1. Confirm which medicines from this list are in their medicine cabinet
  2. Always read the label if they’re not sure if a medicine contains acetaminophen
  3. Never take two medicines containing acetaminophen at the same time