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ADA giving away new brochure about acetaminophen safety

July 27, 2017 To help promote awareness of acetaminophen overdose risk, the ADA is giving away 25-copy packs of the new patient education brochure "Get Dental Pain Relief Safely: Tell Your Dentist About the Medications You are Taking."

The pain reliever acetaminophen is the most common drug ingredient in the United States, found in more than 500 prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Consumers can buy many products containing acetaminophen without a prescription, including multi-ingredient medicines for cold and the flu, allergies and sleeplessness.

But, as the brochure explains, it is important for patients to tell their dentists about all of the medications they are taking. While acetaminophen is safe and effective when used as directed, it is possible to take too much of it. Taking more than the maximum daily dose — 4,000 mg per day — can have harmful health effects including severe liver damage.

To help patients avoid the risk of accidental overdose from acetaminophen, the brochure also discusses: which types/brands of prescription and over-the-counter medications contain acetaminophen; the three most common reasons people accidentally overdose on acetaminophen, plus the health risks; where to look for ingredients on labels; and the importance of talking to the dentist about current medications.

To request a free pack of 25 brochures, call 1-800-947-4746 or email catalog@ada.org by Sept. 29 and mention promo code 17136.