In a 2011 Drug Safety Communication about pain-killers containing acetaminophen, the FDA announced to the public that Tylenol and other drug manufacturers were being asked to limit the strength of acetaminophen in prescription drug products out of concern about liver problems.***
Soon afterward, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, was among the companies announcing that it was reducing the recommended maximum daily dose of its Tylenol products.
Resource4thePeople is also announcing its concerns that many people may not be aware that the dosage requirements have been lowered by the FDA and notes that in this flu season warnings are once again being issued about overusing the medication.
In the interest of public health, Resource4thePeople is reminding consumers that because this is the middle of of the flu season many people may be using acetaminophen to treat their conditions and may not be aware of dosing recommendations.
Acetaminophen is contained in many of the most popular cold and flu remedies, aids for sleeping, relief mixtures for headaches as well as being an ingredient in prescribed pain-killers.
Consumer4thePeople is urging consumers to complete familiarize themselves with the warning labels on such medications because the FDA has ordered several changes in the levels of acetaminophen that are recommended, particularly based on age.
The FDA also has warned that patients who have excessive amounts of acetaminophen in their body over an extended period of time or even on just one occasion may put themselves at risk of suffering these life-threatening liver problems.*****
About 100 people in the United States die annually of accidental acetaminophen poisoning and another 15,000 end up in the emergency rooms from unknowingly taking too much, according to Dr. William Lee, director of the Clinical Center for Liver Diseases at the University of Texas Sout
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