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With the right gadgets and a little direction, you can navigate just about anything life throws your way. Is that true when it comes to your health?

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Gut Check Journey

You’ve got the brains, the gear and the knowhow! Pack up, and hit the Gut Check trail!

You wouldn't hit the trail without looking at a map first and you shouldn't take medicine without reading the label. Being prepared is the ultimate strategy to keep you out of harm's way.

Because of your love-hate relationship with flowers, you’ve brought some fast-acting allergy medicine. But you also took acetaminophen for a headache before you left. What’s your next move?

Correct. You don’t want to take too much and risk an overdose. Allergy medicine can also contain active ingredients to relieve pain, so it’s important to read the label to figure out whether your medicines contain the same active ingredient. Always be sure to take only one medicine at a time with the same active ingredient.

Incorrect. You don’t want to take too much and risk an overdose. Allergy medicine can also contain active ingredients to relieve pain, so it’s important to read the label to figure out whether your medicines contain the same active ingredient. Always be sure to take only one medicine at a time with the same active ingredient.

In a day when we rely on texts and social media to communicate with everyone, real face-to-face conversations can say so much more than emoticons.

Speak to your health-care provider about all the medicines you're taking including, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and supplements.

Use your Left/Right arrows to dodge the apples. Avoid the green, catch the red!

How do you like them apples?

For this challenge, you're all about them apples. Use your left and right arrow keys to grab the red ones, without letting the green ones hit you on the head.

Ouch! It takes more than an apple a day to keep the doctor away. That apple falling on your head sure was painful and now you have a headache. You decide to take an OTC pain medicine to relieve the pain. A headache can come and go, but if it does not improve or if it gets worse, you should stop use and ask a doctor.

Your sister takes OTC pain medicine for all of her aches, pains, fevers, colds and flus. Which of the following potential side effects or warnings should she be aware of when taking OTC pain medicine?

Correct. Regardless of what her issue is, point your sister in the right direction. Different medicines come with different warnings and potential side effects. Inform her to always read the entire label and tell her to stop her OTC pain medicine and talk to her doctor if her pain gets worse or lasts longer than 10 days.

Incorrect. Point your sister in the right direction. Different medicines come with different warnings and potential side effects. Inform her to always read the entire label and tell her to stop her OTC pain medicine and talk to her doctor if her pain gets worse or lasts longer than 10 days.

All it takes is one mood swing from Mother Nature for a trail to run cold. Just like rockslides and floods can alter your direction, medicine labels can change too.
Read and follow the Drug Facts label every time you take medicine.

Adventures in the great outdoors can often leave you with muscle aches at the end of the day. To help relieve the pain at night and help you get some much-needed sleep, you reach for a TYLENOL® PM. But do some reading before you rest your eyes. Without first reading the label, you might not realize that some other prescription and OTC medicines you may be taking may contain the same active ingredients as what’s in your TYLENOL® PM. Doubling up on these medications can lead to what nightmarish results?

Correct. Read your labels before you rest your eyes or you could risk taking too much. Always be sure to take only one medicine at a time with the same active ingredient.

Incorrect. Read your labels before you rest your eyes or you could risk taking too much. Always be sure to take only one medicine at a time with the same active ingredient.

It doesn’t take much to find yourself between a rock and a hard place with your medication. Every medication comes with its benefits and risks. Reading and following the label will help ensure that you stay safe. So, before you take your OTC pain medicine, read and follow the label to make sure that not only are you taking the medicine that’s right for you but that you’re also taking the right amount.

When you are in the moment of pain, it’s easy to break the rules and take what you want. Managing your medicines can be a balancing act – keep a clear mind, be patient, and take it one step at a time to get to a place of relief.

You were supposed to have a friend join you on your hike today. But her chronic back pain is flaring up again. She just can’t seem to find a solution for her suffering. What can you do?

Correct. It’s important for your friend to seek guidance from a medical professional – and not rely on her instincts for relief of chronic pain.

Incorrect. It’s important for your friend to seek guidance from a medical professional – and not rely on her instincts for relief of chronic pain.

You're not getting older, you're just… Okay, you are getting older. But with age comes wisdom. As we age, new conditions and medicines might make your standby OTC pain medicine no longer the best choice. Listen to your gut: always read and follow the label and if you are still unsure, have a conversation with your health-care provider to decide what might be the best OTC pain medicine choice for you.

  • Read and follow all medicine labels.
  • Only take one product at a time containing the same kind of ingredient.
  • Talk to your health-care professional about all the medicines you are taking.

You know your pain. Know how to manage it smarter, safer.