Would you leave the pain reliever in the first aid kit?

It’s a Johnson&Johnson pre-made kit and contains Tylenol (aka paracetamol.)

So far it looks like none of the guests have touched it. When I was checking it rececently I started thinking about the Tylenol. Is it a liability issue?

I don’t see how tylenol can be an issue.


replace it with ibuprofen based thing. For “those days”… someone will be grateful.


We have to have first aid kits (part of our licence), but they do not contain any pharma products other than moist sterile wipes.

Just playing it safe, even though there isn’t the litigious culture here like some countries. If someone want something like that, they can ask us and depending on what they want we will either give them a couple or direct them to the 24hr farmacia 600/700m away.


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When addition to my first aid kit I also leave a bottle of tylenol and ibuprofen. I haven’t seen anybody abuse it per se. I think people are grateful to have it available to them because it’s not something that they wouldn’t necessarily think to pack


We have it in the first aid kits of both apartments. No problems. In fact, just the opposite because once or twice I’ve had guests knock on my door asking me if I have any they can have so I directed them to the first aid kits.

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As an asthmatic I can’t take Ibuprofen - so wouldn’t recommend as a replacement @Giorgi

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I have the $9 J&J kits from Amazon, I leave the seal on them with a note:

In order to insure the first aid kit is stocked and sterile we have decided a if you use it you buy it policy. If you break the seal on the first aid kit please let us know and leave $10 on the guest book and take your first aid kit home with you. There are a few bandaids on the shelf you can use without charge.

I bought 3, one has been used and purchased by guests.



I have a pain reliever in the guest room. I can’t recall which kind. It’s yet to be opened and I’ll have to move it to my house and replace before it expires soon. If that doesn’t suit them I have CVS and Walgreens within a half mile of the house.

yes i do have aspirin and ibuprofen. I once was so ill on a trip I wish my host had those. I dont see a pb with them. they are over the counter drugs.

I have small bottles of aspirin (first line of emergency treatment for heart attack) & Alleve. Both are child-proof bottles (which I think children can open easier than grandma can).

When I can find the small dose packages of Tylenol (6 tabs) at the Dollar Store, I will supply those. I don’t supply much Tylenol because Acetaminophen can quickly cause liver damage for people who have more than 3 alcoholic drinks a day.

The ideas are:

  1. I don’t physically give them to the guest 2. Small quantities so low (almost NO) risk of overdose.

Most OTC medications have a shelf life 1-3 years longer than the expiration date. I think manufacturers use them more to encourage people to buy fresh supplies instead of indicate when the medication becomes ineffective or dangerous. It’s all about revenue stream.

Like you, I take the older items and move them to my personal use.

Oh, yes! But people are weird about these things. I just had a guest tell me the creamer I’d left for her was “bad.” I was mortified, she was fine with it, said it worked out because she didn’t realize my coffee wasn’t decaf. (Ditzy) It’s an expensive plant based creamer I buy for vegans. Well, yes, it was expired but it had never been opened and always refrigerated. I took it and was pouring it down the drain then sniffed it. It didn’t smell bad or taste bad; it wasn’t bad it was expired. So she wasted $3 worth of creamer for me with her nonsense because I would have used it. And she shouldn’t have even opened it, if she had only read the coffee jar label She was also a PITA booking my place. Funny how these things go together. The person who doesn’t answer a single one of your messages is also the one who has trouble getting into the room, right? Don’t ask me how I know. LOL.

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I’d just disclose it and state it’s there for guest convenience but booking property releases owner/host of any and all liability in using said first aid kit. May be overkill but it’s a safe option. 99% of guests would be very grateful to have it if needed.

Personally I cannot take Advil or Aleave due to kidney issues. Tylonol is the safest as any doctor will tell you.

But offer it all if you want. It’s a first aid kit. Your worries about liability are misplaced, I think.

As I said asthmatics can’t take Ibruprofen. It can trigger an asthma attack. It doesn’t matter whether they are over the counter drugs. It’s whether you make them available @adrienne12 and @Annet3176

That’s why hotels, shops, leisure centres etc. don’t let their staff prescribe them.

Personally I would err on the side of caution.

There are lots of people with common conditions like Asthma where drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen are contra indicated who aren’t always aware that they shouldn’t be taking a medication.

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Noooo. Seriously, as long as the medication is labeled and in original packaging - with all its warning - there is no way the host could be held liable.

Of course do whatever you want, but I’m pretty shocked by the idea that this is something to worry about.


No one is prescribing them. The meds are on property in a common area. My basket of goodies has a sign, “ Forgot something? Please use what you need.”

Me too. 20202020202020

FWIW, it’s individual doses of Tylenol in paper packets. I was more thinking about kids potentially getting into it, even though it’s up high in a bathroom cabinet.

That’s what the kit came with.

Sorry prescribing was the wrong word - providing would have been better.

I work in the health sector now and certainly here in the UK people working in public facing businesses like hospitality, leisure, retail etc are not allowed to give out, or make available, medication to guests/service users.

I was just letting other hosts know that even standard medication such as aspirin, can carry health risks and unfortunately not everyone with a life long condition knows when a standard medication is contra indicated for them.

I don’t know about liability in the US, so can’t comment on whether having medication available in your listing presents issues for a host.