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Understand Over-the-Counter Medicine Labels

Drug Facts help you to understand how to choose and use your medicines safely.


Keep your cartons


The Drug Facts label on over-the-counter (OTC) medicine cartons, or the pull-out label on some bottles, contains complete warnings and product information

Read and follow the entire Drug Facts label


The Drug Facts label contains more than directions. It includes other important information that could matter to your health.

What else can you do

  • If provided, use only the dosing device that comes with your medicine.
  • Take ONLY 1 medicine that contains the same kind of active ingredient at a time.


If you take more than 1 medicine with the same kind of active ingredient, it can increase your chance of harmful side effects.

By the Johnson & Johnson / UnitedHealth Group Collaborative on Pain Management

Get Relief Responsibly®. Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. Accessed March 1, 2019.

Last updated: March 1, 2019