Know Your Medicines

The most common OTC pain meds fall into two categories: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and acetaminophen. More than 500 OTC and prescription medications (Tylenol®, Dayquil®, Percocet®, etc.) contain acetaminophen and nearly 550 contain an NSAID (aspirin, naproxen, ibuprofen, etc.).

These products may have different names but it’s important to remember that they may share the same active ingredients — ingredients that may cause harm when taken together or in excess of a maximum dose. Know your medicines.

NSAIDs

are found in more than
550
OTC & prescription medicines

  • Aspirin®
  • Bayer®
  • Bufferin®
  • Advil®
  • Motrin®
  • Aleve®
  • Naproxen®
  • Anaprox®
14+ million arthritis sufferers take high doses of NSAIDs.i

Acetaminophen

is found in more than
500
OTC & prescription medicines

  • Tylenol®
  • DayQuil®
  • NyQuil®
  • Robitussin Cold/Cough/Flu®
  • Theraflu®
  • Percocet®
  • Midol Complete®
28+ billion doses of acetaminophen are purchased each year.ii

*When comparing these categories, it is important to clarify that medicines that do not contain an NSAID are not steroids. Many medicines do not have the word “nonsteroidal” (acetaminophen included), however, that does not mean that they contain steroids.

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