Today, more than 600 over-the-counter and prescription medicines contain acetaminophen – the active ingredient in TYLENOL® products. For this reason, McNeil Consumer Healthcare has launched Get Relief Responsibly™, a national initiative designed to educate consumers about the appropriate use of prescription and OTC medications, particularly those containing acetaminophen, and the importance of reading and following medication labels. We have created this website to help you understand why and how to use all acetaminophen products appropriately, as well as provide tools and resources regarding the appropriate use of over-the-counter and prescription medicines. This includes expert advice on medicine safety, a list of the more than 600 over-the-counter and prescription medicines that contain acetaminophen, and a tool to help you understand how to read the drug facts labels that come with all over-the-counter medications.
Your safety is our first priority and we are taking steps to reduce the potential for accidental overdose and to help ensure everyone who uses TYLENOL® Brand uses it appropriately. We have modified the dosing instructions for Extra Strength TYLENOL® (500 mg) to reduce the maximum daily dose from 8 pills per day to 6 pills per day and change the dosing interval from every 4-6 hours to every 6 hours. These labeling changes will be consistent across all single-ingredient Extra Strength TYLENOL® products. We are working closely with other manufacturers of acetaminophen products to help ensure consistency in dosing instructions.
Additionally, Extra Strength TYLENOL® packages will now feature 2D codes. After downloading scanning software – available in the app store for most smart phones - onto your device, you can then launch the application and use it to scan the code on specially marked Tylenol boxes. You will then be connected to a mobile-optimized website with dosing instructions as well as relevant news and health content.