Maximum Dose of Extra Strength Tylenol Lowered

Johnson & Johnson, the maker of Tylenol has issued new, lower dosing instructions for the painkiller in an effort to reduce accidental overdose from acetaminophen, the product’s active ingredient.

Officials say that because Tylenol’s active ingredient acetaminophen is now found in such a wide variety of products they have starting working with the government, pharmacists, and scientists to help protect the public from the hazards of consuming too much acetaminophen within a twenty-four hour period. For instance, Tylenol has a very bad reaction with alcohol on the liver. Young people may be damaging their livers  by popping a couple of Tylenol to help combat their hangovers – piling liver pain on liver pain.

Starting in the fall of 2011 labels on Extra Strength Tylenol bottles sold in the United States will now list the maximum daily dose as six pills or three thousand milligrams – down from eight pills or four thousand milligrams a day. In early 2012, regular strength label recommendations will change in addition to the labels on independent and generic brand bottles. Only the adult recommendations are changing, children’s dosing will stay the same.

Over 50 million individuals use acetaminophen on a weekly basis to help manage their aches and pains. Experts warn that all adults should be sure to read the labels before taking any medication.

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