Know what active ingredients are in your medicine. An active ingredient
is the chemical compound in the medicine that works with your body to bring relief
to your symptoms.
Over-the-counter pain relievers commonly
contain one or more of four different active pain relief ingredients:
Many prescription and OTC multi-symptom medicines (e.g., cold and flu preparations) also include these pain relievers as active ingredients.
Dont combine pain relievers, prescriptions or multi-symptom
medicines with the same active pain relief ingredient. This
could result in your taking too much of that ingredient, and
too much of any one ingredient can lead to serious health
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for alternative medicines.