Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Poisoning
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Poisoning Overview
Acetaminophen is one of the most common medications found in households. It is used for the treatment of pain and to lower fever. However, the drug manufacturer has recalled preparations of Tylenol this year (2011) due to problems in its manufacturing process and as a result, many stores in the US have no Tylenol available (Nov., 2011). In addition, the new recommended maximum dose per day is being dropped from 4000 mg to 3000 mg because of people taking other medications that have acetaminophen as an added compound. Inadvertently, people taking maximum Tylenol doses were overdosing because they were also taking other medicines at the same time that contained acetaminophen. Tylenol plans to have these new recommended lower doses listed on their products by about January of 2012.
Over many years, it has been used countless times by many people and it has proven to be a safe and effective medication. However, if taken in excess amounts (overdose, whether on purpose or by accident), acetaminophen can cause life-threatening illness.
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