Get cold and flu relief safely
Discover tips for using medicines safely, home remedies, and useful ways to avoid germs.
When you have a cold or the flu, you can be hit with a lot of symptoms at once—and all you want is relief. If you take over-the-counter (OTC) cold and flu medicines, keep in mind that many of them share the same ingredients with each other and with other OTC and Rx medicines. To be sure you’re using them safely, read the labels and take ONLY 1 medicine containing the same kind of active ingredient at a time.
Take ONLY 1 medicine that contains acetaminophen at a time. Why?
Taking more than one increases your chances of taking too much (more than 4,000 mg in a day), which could harm your liver.
TYLENOL® Cold Max
Take ONLY 1 medicine that contains an NSAID* at a time. Why?
Taking more than one increases your chance of stomach bleeding and ulcers.
Advil® Cold and Sinus
Aleve-D® Sinus & Cold
Colds or the flu can mean lots of symptoms—headache, congestion, muscle aches, and more. But if you think you need more than one medicine, STOP and think twice:
Medicines like pain relievers, sleep aids, and decongestants often contain the same ingredients
To avoid harmful side effects, take ONLY 1 medicine with the same kind of active ingredient at a time