How to read and navigate the OTC drug facts label

The key information you need to know about an over-the-counter (OTC) medicine is in its “Drug Facts Label” that is printed on its packaging. For this reason, it is important to keep the packaging your OTC medicines come in. The label includes the name of active ingredient(s) in the medicine, the conditions the medicine is intended to treat, dosage instructions, and any warnings including side effects or possible drug interactions.  Reading and following the label is important. Talk with your pharmacist or other healthcare providers if you have any questions about which OTC will best treat your or your family’s ailments.

Learn how to quickly and easily navigate the Drug Facts Label that accompanies all OTC medicines to find the information you need to take your medicines safely.

Over-the-Counter Label

Source: Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition: www.KnowYourDose.org