When a headache strikes, you might reach for an over-the-counter pain medication. Though far safer and less addictive than opioids, these pills aren’t without risk. IPC recommends against taking more than one painkiller at a time without speaking to your healthcare provider. If you’re pregnant, you should also speak with your healthcare provider before taking any kind of pain medication.
One of the most popular options is acetaminophen (brand name: Tylenol®;), which can cause liver damage if you take too much. Children should not take adult-dose acetaminophen.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a type of pain medication approved to treat aches, pain and fever. The most popular kinds of NSAIDS are aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen.
IPC is here to help. If you or a loved one has any of the above symptoms, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222 to speak with a toxicology expert. The IPC helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Calls are free and confidential.
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