- Last Updated: 20 November 2015 20 November 2015
What you can do
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)
Upper right-sided abdominal tenderness (location of the liver)
Unexplained "flu-like" symptoms