FDA warns consumers about high-dose acetaminophen

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FDA warns consumers about high-dose acetaminophen

January 16, 2014 Updated Jan 16, 2014 at 6:06 PM EDT

The FDA has sent a warning that recommends medical professionals that prescribe medications that include Acetaminophen in them be limited to no more than 325 mg.

According to a news release posted on the FDA's website this week:

FDA is recommending health care professionals discontinue prescribing and dispensing prescription combination drug products that contain more than 325 milligrams (mg) of acetaminophen per tablet, capsule, or other dosage unit.

There are 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. 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.

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