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Medication Name

Dosage

Amount Per Dosing

Do Not Exceed

Tylenol® (acetaminophen)

Regular Strength (325 mg/ tablet)

2 tablets every 4 to 6 hours while symptoms last

Not to exceed 10 tablets in 24 hours, unless directed by a doctor. Total labeled daily dose: 3250 mg

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Extra Strength (500 mg/ tablet)

2 caplets every 6 hours while symptoms last

Not to exceed 6 caplets in 24 hours, unless directed by a doctor. Total labeled daily dose: 3000 mg

Advil® (ibuprofen)

1 tablet/ caplet/ gel caplet every 4 to 6 hours while symptoms persist. If pain or fever does not respond to 1 tablet/ caplet/ gel caplet, 2 may be used

Do not exceed 6 tablets/ caplets/ gel caplets in 24 hours unless directed by a doctor.

Aleve® (naproxen sodium)

220 mg/ tablet, caplet, gelcap or liquid gel

Take one tablet, caplet, gelcap or liquid gel every 8 to 12 hours while symptoms last. For the first dose, you may take 2 pills within the first hour.

Do not exceed more than 2 tablets, caplets, gelcaps or liquid gels in 12 hours, and do not exceed 3 tablets, caplets, gelcaps or liquid gels in 24 hours. The smallest effective dose should be used. Drink a full glass of water with each dose.

Do not take for more than 10 consecutive days for pain or 3 days for fever, unless directed by a doctor.

Aspirin

Regular Dose (325 mg/ caplet)

Take 1 or 2 caplets every 4 hours. Drink a full glass of water with each dose.

Do not exceed 12 caplets in 24 hours, unless directed by a doctor.

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Low Dose (81 mg/ tablet)

Take 4 to 8 tablets every 4 hours. Drink a full glass of water with each dose.

Do not exceed 48 tablets in 24 hours unless directed by a doctor.

Benadryl® (diphenhydramine)

25 mg/tablet

Take 1 to 2 tablets every 4 to 6 hours or as directed by a doctor.

Do not take more than 6 doses in 24 hours. Use only as directed.

Sudafed® (pseudoephedrine)

Sinus Congestion (30 mg/ tablet)

Take 2 caplets every 4 to 6 hours.

Do not take more than 8 caplets in 24 hours.

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Sinus Congestion 12 Hour (120 mg/ tablet)

Take 1 tablet every 12 hours.

Do not take more than 2 tablets in 24 hours.

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Sinus Congestion 24 Hour (240 mg/ tablet)

Swallow one whole tablet with water every 24 hours. Do not divide, crush, chew or dissolve the tablet.

Do not exceed one tablet in 24 hours.

Melatonin

1-10 mg/ tablet

 0.5 mg up to 5 mg

Do not exceed nine months of taking for light difficulty falling asleep.

Pepto-Bismol® (bismuth subsalicylate)

Original or Rapid Relief LiquiCaps (262 mg/ chewable tablet, caplet or LiquiCap)

Take 2 tablets as needed.

Maximum daily dose: 8 regular-strength  (262 mg) doses or 4 extra-strength (525 mg) doses. Do not use for more than 2 days.

Pepcid® (famotidine)

Pepcid Complete (10 mg/ chewable tablet)

To relieve symptoms, chew 1 tablet before swallowing. Do not swallow tablet whole: chew completely.

Do not use more than 2 chewable tablets in 24 hours.

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Original Strength (10 mg/ tablet)

To relieve symptoms, swallow 1 tablet with a glass of water. Do not chew. To prevent symptoms, swallow 1 tablet with a glass of water 15-60 minutes before eating food or drinking beverages that cause heartburn.

Do not use more than 2 tablets in 24 hours.

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Maximum Strength (20 mg/ tablet)

To relieve symptoms, swallow 1 tablet with a glass of water. Do not chew. To prevent symptoms, swallow 1 tablet with a glass of water 10-60 minutes before eating food or drinking beverages that cause heartburn.

Do not use more than 2 tablets in 24 hours.

Tums® (calcium carbonate)

Regular Strength (500 mg/ tablet)

Chew 2-4 tablets as symptoms occur, or as directed by a doctor.

Do not take more than 15 tablets in 24 hours. Do not take for symptoms that persist for more than 2 weeks unless advised by a doctor.

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Extra Strength (750 mg/ tablet)

Chew 2-4 tablets as symptoms occur, or as directed by a doctor.

Do not take more than 10 tablets in 24 hours. Do not take for symptoms that persist for more than 2 weeks unless advised by a doctor.

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