When you take an over-the-counter pain reliever, do you make sure it is after you have food in your stomach and had a tall glass of water? If not, maybe you should.

It is easy to forget that over-the-counter pain relievers have a recommended dosage and have side effects. Those effects can range from mood swings, elevated blood pressure, to kidney damage, heart attack and even death.

Some consumers can also become dependent on the pills. On average, 1 in 10 exceeds the daily dosage recommended for over-the-counter pain relievers. It is easier than you think to exceed the daily recommendation. You can exceed it by mixing medicine that has the same active ingredients too closely together, like Tylenol and Nyquil. Some believe taking extra medicine will give them extra strength against pain, which is false. Yet they truly believe it is true and exceed the recommended dosage without worry.

If you are looking into using an over-the-counter acetaminophen as part of a daily routine, please consult your doctor. They will be able to give you a proper routine to help reduce potential side effects.

If you have any questions about over-the-counter pain relievers, don’t hesitate to call your favorite medical professional.