I wrote this blog post while participating in a campaign by BOOMboxNetwork.com on behalf the American Gastroenterological Association and received payment for my participation. All opinions stated within are my own. #GutCheckAGA
Have you ever found yourself in pain only an hour after taking pain management medication wondering what else you can take? Can you take an Advil if you already took Tylenol? This is two different medications after all, right?
The last time I was in the hospital, I was giving birth to my youngest child. The delivery wasn’t particularly smooth, but after hours of labor, we both were ok.
As soon as I got to my room, the nurse offered me a painkiller. I felt that my pain was manageable and refused. She offered it again an hour later and continued, suggesting medication every time she came to check on me. When introducing me to the nurse who was taking over the shift she announced me as a person who refuses pain killers.
As irritated as I was with the nurse’s rudeness, I was honestly happy that I didn’t need medical help – I have no tolerance for pain, no …, and a very addictive personality.
Very often all it takes is reading medicine labels to prevent serious harm. Every year more than 100,000 people get hospitalized from gastrointestinal bleeding and liver damage due to overdose or overuse of over-the-counter (OTC) pain medicine ingredients.
Recently the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) launched Gut Check: Know Your Medicine. This new campaign focuses on the importance of safely using OTC pain medicine and knowing the active ingredients and dosage limits.
Through this campaign, AGA seeks to reduce the amount of preventable health issues that thousands of individuals face each year.
When used correctly, OTC pain medicines can help relieve pain and reduce fever. Thousands of generic and brand name products are available at pharmacies, drug stores and local retailers. While their names may differ, many share the same active ingredients, such as:
- Naproxen Sodium
DO NOT take more than one medicine at the same time with the same active ingredient.
BECAUSE, doing so can put you at risk of an overdose and could cause harm.
If you or someone you know experience frequent joint and muscle pain, learn the facts!
So often adults turn to OTC medicines alone or in combination with prescription pain products. Without the proper label education, you might not know your risks or the appropriate steps to take to avoid harmful side effects.
Gut Check: Know Your Medicine online video is a great educational resource that explains one, empowers adults to actively learn about their OTC medicines, because knowing the ingredients, dosing instructions, and warnings, individuals can play an important role in protecting their and their family’s health.
Your Action Plan
The action plan is pretty simple:
- Read the label
- One product at a time
- Talk to a professional about dosage and medicine interaction
Talk to your doctor, nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant or pharmacist with any questions they have about their OTC pain reliever, including questions about dose, ingredients, and whether alternative options could be considered.