How to Avoid Double Dosing on Medicines This Season

Cold and flu season has returned like clockwork. As you hit the over-the-counter aisle, rummage through your medicine cabinet at home, and prepare to combat your family’s runny noses and sore throats, remember to double check medicine labels so you don’t accidentally double up on medicines containing acetaminophen. Research published this year shows that consumers don’t always know the potential risks of double dosing on medicine or that taking two medicines with the same ingredient could be harmful. And acetaminophen is a common drug ingredient—more than 50 million Americans use it weekly to treat pain, fever, and cold and flu symptoms. It’s safe and effective when used as directed, but taking more than directed is an overdose and can lead to liver damage.

So double check; don’t double up on acetaminophen this cold and flu season. Learn more at

Are You Reading Your Labels?

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Chances are you’ve come into contact with a label today. Whether on a breakfast bar, a tube of toothpaste, or a bottle of sunscreen, labels are part of our daily lives and provide important health information and directions to keep us safe. Continue Reading

Reader’s Mail: Side Effects for Cutting Back on Fioricet?

Q. I have been on Fioricet for 2 years. I had been taking 6 tablets a day. My physician recommended that I cut back, due to rebound headache, every 4 days. I have now cut back to 3 tablets, and I’m experiencing extreme drowsiness and agitation.  I was told it’s not a side effect. Do you have any recommendations for alternative medication(s) that I can try? Also, I would like to know if you’ve ever heard of anyone else experiencing these types of side effects. Continue Reading