Be Educated About Your Medication
Whether they are bought off the pharmacy shelf or prescribed by your doctor, all medications carry some degree of risk – and when we combine over the counter medication, including alternative, herbal or “natural” products with prescription medications we may unknowingly be putting ourselves at risk of some potentially serious side effects.
Do Not Double the Dose
For example, many of us rely on over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold syrups to help us feel better when we have a cold. However, some of these products may contain the same active ingredient as certain prescription or OTC pain medications that you may already be taking. You could be doubling the dose of that active ingredient without even knowing it!
Talk to your Healthcare Professional
Before you take two or more medications at the same time, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. They know exactly how medications interact with one another, and knowing your health history, they can predict how combining certain medications might affect you.
The recent change to dosing instructions for TYLENOL® products sold in the US does not apply to product sold in Canada
Dosing instructions are different between the US and Canada. You can continue to safely use TYLENOL® products sold in Canada according to the label instructions. Always carefully read and follow all label instructions. For more information on maximum daily doses of products sold in Canada click here.