Acetaminophen - What do you need to know?
 
 

Acetaminophen, commonly known as Tylenol, Excedrin, and found in most aspirin free products as well as some prescription medications, has become the target of concern recently. A recommendation has been made to the Food and Drug Administration to decrease the advisable dosage of Acetaminophen.
Excess Acetaminophen can lead to liver damage over time. For most, toxicity from Acetaminophen is not an issue. For some, however, toxicity could come easily from taking multiple medications that contain Acetaminophen, taking more than the recommended dose, or due to underlying liver disease.
The advisory committee that recommeded restricting Acetaminophen usage has suggested to decrease not only the dosage, but also the maximum dosage that an individual can take in one day. Other recommendations include eliminating mediations the have Acetaminophen combined with other medications, mostly pain medications.
Acetaminophen is a highly effective medication. If you are currently taking medication prescribed my your doctor that includes Acetaminophen, do not stop taking the medication without consulting with your doctor first. For more information, click on the links below.

http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm168830.htm

http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/news/20090701/fda-may-restrict-acetaminophen

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31672184/ns/health-more_health_news/

 

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