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Health Tip: Avoid Overdosing on Pain Medication

(HealthDay News) -- An over-the-counter pain reliever can offer relief from common aches and pains, but it's important not to exceed the dose recommended on the label.

The American Academy of Family Physicians advises:

  • Taking too much medication can be dangerous and will not provide faster pain relief.
  • Check with your doctor if you take a prescription drug to be sure it won't react badly with the pain medication.
  • Do not take more than one type of pain reliever at a time, unless your doctor recommends so.
  • If you're taking another medication, make sure it does not contain a pain reliever. This type of combination could lead to an overdose.
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