FDA panel suggests lowering maximum allowable OTC dosage of acetaminophen

By Dr. Dan Van Roon • October 24th, 2009

According to an article in the Associated Press in July, 2009, a FDA panel recommended that the maximum over the counter dosage of acetaminophen to be lowered to reduce the risk of liver damage and even death. The panel stated that approximately 200 people die each year from acetaminophen overdoses and over 56,000 people are hospitalized in the United States alone. The panel also suggested the elimination of prescription drugs such as Vicodin and Percocet, both of which contain acetaminophen. Although much of the public generally regards acetaminophen as safe, it may not be in reality. People often take more than the allowed/recommended amount and may cause liver failure or even death.

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