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To prevent acetaminophen overdose, you should carefully read the labels on all OTC drug products to see if they contain acetaminophen. If you are prescribed a prescription painkiller, ask your pharmacist if it contains acetaminophen.

Do not take OTC products that contain acetaminophen if you are taking an acetaminophen-containing painkiller. Do not take more than one acetaminophen-containing drug, prescription or otherwise.

If you or a family member develop any of the symptoms of potential liver toxicity, stop taking all acetaminophen-containing products and call your physician immediately. These symptoms are:

  • Pruritus (itchy skin)
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes)
  • Dark urine
  • Upper right-sided abdominal tenderness (location of the liver)
  • Unexplained "flu-like" symptoms

Source: Co-Cure