What guidelines should I follow when taking pain medications?

If you are taking pain medications, follow these instructions:
  • Don't take more pain medication -- or take it more often -- than prescribed.
  • Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you're not alert.
  • Don't drink alcohol while you're using pain medications, especially acetaminophen (Tylenol). Acetaminophen can damage your liver -- and drinking alcohol can increase this risk.
  • If you're taking acetaminophen (Tylenol), don't use more than 4 grams (4,000 milligrams) in 24 hours. Watch out for acetaminophen as an ingredient in other medications.

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