You may be hearing a lot about acetaminophen in the news right now. An advisory committee for the FDA is recommending that the dosage instructions be changed to lower amounts to prevent possible liver damage. According to Medscape, the FDA is not required to follow the advisory committee’s advice, but usually does. It will be months before a decision is made and publicized.
Acetaminophen is a drug found in many over the counter medications such as Tylenol and Excedrin. It is also found in prescription drugs like Percocet and Vicodin. This is part of the concern. A lot of people are unaware that prescription drugs contain acetaminophen, so they are more likely to exceed the recommended dosage amount.
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Introduction. Prescriber’s Letter: July 2009; Vol: 16, No. 7