You’re in pain. You pop a vicodin. Then an aspirin. And another. And another.

But…do you really know how much aspirin, particularly in combination with other prescriptions, you should be taking to avoid not only pain, but dangerous side effects you weren’t counting on?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked doctors not to prescribe combination drugs containing more than 325 mg of acetaminophen, as higher doses increase the risk of liver damage, or even death.

“Many consumers are often unaware that many products (both prescription and OTC) contain acetaminophen, making it easy to accidentally take too much,” the FDA said in a statement.

The warning does not apply to over-the-counter drugs such as Tylenol, which contains acetaminophen.

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