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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Acetaminophen Safety

I just came across a news release from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about combination prescription products that contain acetaminophen. The FDA is going to limit the amount of acetaminophen in prescriptions because of concern about liver toxicity if the prescription drugs are combined with other medications containing acetaminophen.

“There is no immediate danger to patients who take these combination pain medications and they should continue to take them as directed by their health care provider,” said Sandra Kweder, M.D., deputy director of the Office of New Drugs in FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). "The risk of liver injury primarily occurs when patients take multiple products containing acetaminophen at one time and exceed the current maximum dose of 4,000 milligrams within a 24-hour period.” If you want to read the complete news release, here is the link: FDA limits acetaminophen in prescription combination products

Acetaminophen is found in many products including Tylenol, Midol, Pamprin, Sinutab, Theraflu Sore Throat, and many more. MedlinePlus has a page with information on acetaminophen, along with a list of brand names and combination drugs with acetaminophen. Here is the link for that: Acetaminophen

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