FDA May Restrict Acetaminophen

061109_acetaminophen_hmed10a.hmediumThe FDA should put new restrictions on acetaminophen, an advisory committee recommended Tuesday, saying the move would protect people from the potential toxicity that can cause liver failure and even death. Acetaminophen is found in many over-the-counter products — including Tylenol, aspirin-free Anacin, Excedrin, and numerous cold medicines. It’s also found in many prescription drugs.

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2 Responses to “FDA May Restrict Acetaminophen”

  1. 1 Jesse-Orchards September 24, 2009 at 9:01 am

    ’bout time. I get pretty sick of all of the knowing and thoughtful Tylenol ads that imply..no insist that Tylenol is oh so much safer than, say, aspirin. Most people do not know, nor will ever know, that acetaminophen is what to watch out for when accidentally over medicating for a common cold, achy joints or all the other every day aches and pains people trustingly take Tylenol for.

    It doesn’t take over much medicating with Tylenol to destroy your liver. My younger brother almost died of Tylenol poisoning when small. I recall that he was like a lifeless rag doll for days before he recovered. The doctor told us that he took just enough Tylenol (what was missing) that he was at the point where kids his weight and age can die. Tylenol’s manufacturer’s should emphasize just how deadly even a seemingly mild overdose can be. Instead they emphasize patient responsibility in following instructions. I think that they are afraid that people wouldn’t take Tylenol if they knew how close therapeutic and deadly doses really are. So, instead of informing the public they place responsibility for following instructions on the public. I think BOTH informing the public and the public’s then following instructions upon being truly informed about Tylenol would be great.

    The only other agent I’ve heard of that works by depleting the liver of an essential antioxidant amino acid, glutathion (sp?), is alcohol?!!! So, let me get this straight, Tylenol depletes your liver of an essential amino acid just like alcohol! Wow, Tylenol’s what I want to take to get better when physically ill.

  2. 2 Kathie Roberts September 25, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Please let me know whether or not it is safe to take tylonal. I don,t overuse it and only take as directed and try to take only two a day. Also -is it safe to take it more then 10 days which I do and if not then why is it listed on the package to not take more then 10 days.
    Thank You
    Kathie Roberts

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