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Acetaminophen: What you may not have known.

By: Denise Bradberry
By: Denise Bradberry

I was surprised to see just how many oper the counter drugs contain Acetaminophen and how easy it would be to combine them.

I was surprised to see just how many oper the counter drugs contain Acetaminophen and how easy it would be to combine them.  So I thought I'd provide you with a list of those drugs.  According to pharmacist Bill Roberts at SAMC, as long as you take under 4 grams (4000 mg) total in 24 hours, you are safe.

Some Common Medications That Contain Acetaminophen*

It’s important to be aware of the ingredients in all medications that you may be taking. Acetaminophen (APAP) is a common component of many different over-the-counter and prescription medications. You should not take two or more products that contain acetaminophen at the same time.

Taking more than the recommended dose (overdose) of acetaminophen may cause liver damage.

Some Common Prescription Drugs That Contain Acetaminophen*

  • Darvocet®
  • Endocet®
  • Fioricet®
  • Hycotab
  • Hydrocet®
  • Hydrocodone Bitartrate
  • Lortab®
  • Percocet®
  • Phenaphen®
  • Sedapap®
  • Tapanol®
  • Ultracet®
  • Vicodin®
  • Zydone®

Some Common Over-the-Counter Drugs That Contain Acetaminophen*

  • Actifed®
  • Anacin®
  • Bayer® Select Aspirin-Free
  • Benadryl®
  • Cepacol®
  • Contac®
  • Coricindin®
  • Dayquil®
  • Dimetapp®
  • Dristan®
  • Elixir®
  • Excedrin®
  • Feverall®
  • Formula 44®
  • Goody’s® Powders
  • Liquiprin®
  • Midol®
  • Nyquil®
  • Panadol®
  • Robitussin®
  • Saint Joseph® Aspirin-Free
  • Singlet®
  • Sinutab®
  • Sudafed®
  • Theraflu®
  • Triaminic®
  • TYLENOL® Brand Products
  • Vanquish®
  • Vicks®
  • Zicam®

*This is NOT a complete list. There are many other nonprescription brands and prescription medications that use acetaminophen (APAP) as an active ingredient. Also, some brands listed above have products which do not contain acetaminophen.

Actifed®, Anacin®, Bayer® Select Aspirin-Free, Benadryl®, Cepacol®, Contac®, Coricindin®, Dimetapp®, Dristan®, Elixir®, Excedrin®, Feverall®, Formula 44®, Goody’s® Powders, Liquiprin®, Midol®, Nyquil®/Dayquil®, Panadol®, Robitussin®, Saint Joseph® Aspirin-Free, Singlet®, Sinutab®, Sudafed®, Theraflu®, Triaminic®, Vanquish®, Vicks®, Zicam®, Darvocet®, Endocet®, Fioricet®, Hydrocet®, Hycotab, Hydrocodone Bitartrate, Lortab®, Percocet®, Phenaphen®, Sedapap®, Tapanol®, Ultracet®, Vicodin®, Zydone® are registered trademarks of their respective owners and not McNeil-PPC Inc.


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