FDA warns about acetaminophen dosages

    11:37 PM, Jan 15, 2014   |    comments
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    (January 15, 2014) - A warning from the Food and Drug Administration concerning a popular pain reliever has been released.

    The agency is asking doctors to stop prescribing combination medications that contain more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen.

    They said the damage can lead to liver transplants and even death.

    Doctor William Cooper of Vanderbilt University was on a committee that made some of the recommendations. He said patients often overdose on the drug by mistake.

    "They'll take it as prescribed but they may not have complete pain relief so they'll take an additional Tylenol product or some other product on top of that," said Cooper.

    Acetaminophen is found in more than 600 medications, including many over the counter products.

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