The FDA announced today that they are asking manufacturers of medications containing acetaminophen to limit the amount of acetaminophen to 325 mg per tablet. The FDA takes this move because overdoses of acetaminophen cause liver damage which results in the need for a transplant, or results in death. In fact 40% cases of acute liver failure were caused by overdoes of acetaminophen.
In addition to limiting the amount of acetaminophen used in a drug, the FDA is also requiring manufacturers to update their drug labels to highlight the potential risk of severe liver failure if more than the recommended dosage is taken Many patients are not aware that if they use certain prescriptions in combination with other medications which include acetaminophen or used in combination with alcohol that they risk the result of liver failure. A FDA group report said:
“There is extensive evidence that hepatotoxicity (liver toxicity) caused by acetaminophen use may result from lack of consumer awareness that acetaminophen can cause severe liver injury.”
Acetaminophen is mixed in combination with other agents and us used to treat pain, fever and cough. It is often combined with opiates such as Vicodin and Percocet. Vicodin and generic version of the drug are the most commonly prescribed medicine in the United States with pharmacists dispensing more than 128 million prescriptions in 2009 alone.
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