Wednesday, July 01, 2009
read the directions
Is there a point to this?
There has always been a warning on the package. Take only as directed.
For those who don't bother to read the directions let me clue you in.
You don't take it EVERY DAMNED DAY. It's for the occasional relief of pain and fever. Occasional, not daily, do you get that much? Do you have a fever every day? If you do you need more than Tylenol honey. Do you have a headache every day? If so read the damned label:
STOP USE AND ASK A DOCTOR IF PAIN GETS WORSE OR LASTS MORE THAN 10 DAYS or if fever gets worse or lasts more than 3 days.
The recommended dose for adults and children over 12 is 2 tablets every 4 to 6 hours while symptoms last.
That doesn't mean take 2 tablets and when the symptoms go away take another 2 because it's 4 hours later. It means don't take any more than you need.
Right on the label it states:
"Taking more than the recommended dose (overdose) may cause liver damage."
It also warns against taking Tylenol and using alcohol ...again a warning 'may cause liver damage".
And this isn't enough already to make people take precautions about taking the OTC drug?
Apparently not because people who self medicate with OTC medications are apparently iliterate because if the READ THE DIRECTIONS they wouldn't need MORE restrictions on the medication by the government to stop themselves from overdosing.
And now they are cutting funds and many schools are cutting budgets.
So even those who in the future MIGHT be able to read have no hope anymore because those who don't read will cause our government to protect them from themselves ( and limit us all.)