Safe Acetaminophen Use | No More than 4,000 mg in 24-hour Period

The Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition reminds health care providers and consumers of potential dosing mistakes that can occur with the use of over-the-counter medicines. The Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition wants to ensure that patients know that FDA recommends taking no more than 4,000 mg of acetaminophen in a 24-hour period, as taking more than directed can lead to liver damage.  The Know Your Dose campaign educates consumers about safe acetaminophen use. The campaign also encourages pharmacists and other health care providers to talk to patients about medicine safety and acetaminophen use. The campaign offers a list of helpful health tips to consumers:

  1. Read and follow the label.
  2. Know which medicines contain acetaminophen.
  3. Take only one medicine at a time that contains acetaminophen.
  4. Ask a health care provider or pharmacist about dosing instructions or medicines that contain acetaminophen.

Healthcare providers may download or order free educational materials, including posters, flyers, and talking points, to give their patients on the Know Your Dose website. NCPIE is a member of the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition.