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What should I know before taking acetaminophen?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Some acetaminophen products contain sulfites. If you are allergic to or sensitive to sulfites, read all label warnings carefully.

Taking too much acetaminophen can damage your liver. If you are already taking acetaminophen, check with your doctor before you start taking more. Large doses of acetaminophen can cause liver damage. If you have liver disease, you should not take acetaminophen without checking with your doctor. If you take acetaminophen, you should avoid alcohol.

If you have glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, acetaminophen may not be a good option for you.

If you have phenylketonuria (PKU), be aware that some acetaminophen products contain aspartame.

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