SAFETY

Cold Medicine Safety Begins With Proper Measures

Am I accidentally taking the wrong amount?
  • Acetaminophen overdoses can occur because it is an ingredient found in many different medications.
  • Before you take medications, it’s important to know what’s actually in them, so you don’t unintentionally “double up.”
  • Often, different products have the same active ingredients. For example, NyQuil contains a dose of acetaminophen. There is no reason to take another pain medicine.
  • Always read the label.
  • Taking more than the recommended doses of any active ingredient can be dangerous.
  • Please consult your physician, pharmacist, or call the 1-800 number on the product if you have questions or concerns.
What if I have more questions?

We provide a lot of information here, but if we are not answering your questions, please consult your pharmacist or physician. With extensive knowledge of prescription and over-the-counter medicines, your pharmacist or physician will have answers about which products to use, how much to take, and much more.

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Why is it important to read the label?
  • Learn about expiration dates and product changes and how they could affect you.
  • Vicks products are over the counter, but they’re still powerful medicines.
  • It’s important to check each label to ensure that it’s the right product for you.
  • Products change from time to time, so when you buy a new product, don’t assume that all the ingredients or dosages are the same as they were before.
  • Our medicines are proven safe and effective when used before the expiration date. So it might be time to throw out that old bottle of NyQuil.
  • Always read the label.
  • Check the ingredients and the expiration date to ensure product safety.
  • Please consult your physician, pharmacist, or call the 1-800 number on the product if you have questions or concerns.
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How do I know what a proper dose is?
  • Find out why the FDA warns consumers to put away their kitchen spoons and use a more exact measure.
  • It’s best to use the measuring device that comes with the product you are using.
  • Different medicines have different doses and different measuring devices.
  • Never guess what a dose looks like, use a kitchen spoon, or drink straight from a bottle.
  • Always double-check the dosage to ensure that you and your loved ones are receiving the recommended amount.
  • Please consult your physician, pharmacist, or call the 1-800 number on the product if you have questions or concerns.
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