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safedosingof acetaminophen through itswebsite,
getreliefresponsibly.ca
. Thewebsitenotes, “Manypeople
don’t realize that takingmore thanonemedicinewith
acetaminophenat the same timecouldharm their liver.
That’swhy it is important toalways readand follow
the label on theproduct youare takingand takeONLY
1medicineat a time that contains acetaminophen.”
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It
notes that over 450over-the-counter andprescription
medicines containacetaminophen, includingmedicines
for coughs, colds, pain relief, or allergies.
Dr. EuanSwan, CDAmanager of dental programs,
recommends that dentistsmake sure their patients are
awareof the risksof overdosing. “It’s important to let
your patients knowwhy it’s critical tocheck theactive
ingredients inall of theirmedications, includingover-the-
counter products,” he says. “Acetaminophen is theactive
ingredient inmanyover-the-counter andprescription
medicines soexceeding themaximumdailydosecan
happeneasily if theyaren’t careful.”
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References
1.SummarySafetyReview–Acetaminophen–Liver Injury[Internet].Ottawa(ON):HealthCanada;2015
[updated2015July9;cited2016Aug15].Available from:http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/medeff/
reviews-examens/acetamino-eng.php
2.YangJ,CribbR.Whatyouhaven’tbeentoldaboutacetaminophen.TorontoStar[Internet].2015Sept17
[cited2016Aug15].Available from:https://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2015/09/17/up-to-
68-canadians-on-average-die-from-acetaminophen-annually.html
3.GetReliefResponsibly[Internet].[placeunknown]:Johnson&Johnson;2014[cited2016Aug15].
Available from:http://www.getreliefresponsibly.ca
ImprovedProductLabelling
InSeptember2016,HealthCanadaannounced
updatedLabellingStandards forover-the-counter
acetaminophenproducts.ThenewLabelling
Standards include:
Clearer instructionsonpackagesthatemphasize
the importanceofusingthe lowesteffectivedose;
notexceedingtherecommendeddailymaximum
(which is4000mgor4g foradults) ina24-hour
period;usingtheseproducts fornomorethan
5days forpainor3days for fever;andnotmixing
themwithalcohol ifdrinkingthreeormoredrinks
inaday;
Displayingthewords“
containsacetaminophen
inbold, redtext inthetoprightcornerof the front
of thepackagetomake iteasier forconsumersto
know ifaproductcontainsthisdrug;
AnewDrugFactstable forpackagestoprovide
product instructions,warningsandothersafety
information inaconsistent,quick-reference
format;and
Arecommendationthatallchildren’s liquid
products includeacalibrateddosingdevice, so
parentsandcaregiverscanbesurethatthey’re
givingtheirchildtherightamount.
The labelchangesapply immediatelytonew
productsthatcompaniesare lookingto introduce
intotheCanadianmarket.Companieswithproducts
alreadyonthemarketareexpectedtoupdatetheir
product labelswithin18months.TheDrugFacts
tablewillberequiredonallproductsby2021.
N
ews and
E
vents
This Johnson& Johnsonwebsite educates the
public on the safe use of acetaminophen. It
recommends takingonlyoneacetaminophen-
containing medicine at a time and reading
every label to avoid accidently combining
medicines that containacetaminophen.
ATorontoStar report
2
found that between2000and2011anaverage
of 68Canadians died each year because of acetaminophen overdose.
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