Americans Confused About Ingredients in Popular Painkillers

A new survey reveals that Americans are confused about the ingredients in common over-the-counter painkillers. This could put users at risk if they take too much medicine or if they use dangerous combinations.

In the small survey of 45 adults, 31% said they knew Tylenol has acetaminophen, 75% knew Bayer contains aspirin, and 47% were aware Motrin contained ibuprofen.

Overdose of acetaminophen is the major reason for liver failure in young adults. Users may put themselves in danger if they ignorantly use multiple medicines with acetaminophen. This study was published recently in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Researchers found that confusing labeling on medications prevented people from learning more about the ingredients. For instance, acetaminophen is sometimes named “APAP” on a few drug labels. The researchers suggest that there should be clear warnings on drug labels about the potential dangers of the ingredients.

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