Take as Directed

Take with Care

Check the label of any OTC pain reliever you are taking and know what you are taking and how you are supposed to take it.  Know the label, know the active ingredient and know the dose. 

Ask your parents:

  • What kind of OTC pain relievers do we have?
  • How do I know whether I should take one? 
  • What is the active ingredient? 
  • How do you want me to keep track of what I have taken and when?
  • Do you want me to come to you before I take OTC medicines?

Ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist: 

  • Is one OTC pain reliever better for me than others?
  • Do my OTC pain relievers interact with any food or beverages?
  • Are there any risks or side effects with my OTC pain reliever that I need to be aware of?
  • If taking a prescription medicine – Are there any OTC medicines I should avoid when taking this prescription medicine?

If your friends give you an OTC medicine, make sure you can check the label for ingredients and directions so that you know what you are taking and how to take it.