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Acetaminophen Warning Issued by FDA Recently

1-800-315-2391  |  January 27th

Acetaminophen Warning Issued by FDA Recently

Acetaminophen is the active ingredient in Tylenol but it's also combined in many prescription pain medications such as Percocet and Vicodin. Recently the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning urging health care professionals to refrain from prescribing medications containing more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen per pill because high doses can be damaging to the liver.

The FDA said "There is no available data to show that taking more than 325 mg of acetaminophen per dosage unit provides additional benefit that outweighs the added risks for liver injury." They added, "Further, limiting the amount of acetaminophen per dosage unit will reduce the risk of severe liver injury from inadvertent acetaminophen overdose, which can lead to liver failure, liver transplant, and death."

The focus from this recent warning issued by the Food and Drug Administration is on prescription combination medications containing acetaminophen. According to the agency there isn't an immediate danger to patients taking these combination pain medications, they should continue taking them as directed by their health care provider.


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