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Finally! FDA Limits Acetaminophen in Prescription Analgesics

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Finally! FDA Limits Acetaminophen in Prescription Analgesics

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SOURCE:   Medscape Medical News

By Robert Lowes


January 13, 2011 — The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced that it is asking drug makers to limit the amount of acetaminophen in prescription combination pain relievers to no more than 325 mg per tablet or capsule to reduce overdoses and the severe liver injury that can follow.

The decision, to be phased in over 3 years, affects dozens of prescription analgesics that contain both acetaminophen and another ingredient, typically opioids such as codeine, oxycodone, and hydrocodone. Some of these combination products now have as much as 750 mg of acetaminophen per dose.

The new dose restriction does not apply to numerous over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers and cold, sinus, and cough medicines that contain acetaminophen. Normally, the maximum level allowed for these products is 500 mg, although a few extended-action pain relievers that are taken less frequently can go up to 650 mg.

Please review our Iatrogenic Injury Page to learn more about how NSAIDs kill tens of thousands of Americans every year!

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I was introduced to Chiro.Org in early 1996, where my friend Joe Garolis helped me learn HTML, the "mark-up language" for websites. We have been fortunate that journals like JMPT have given us permission to reproduce some early important articles in Full-Text format. Maintaining the Org website has been, and remains, my favorite hobby.

One Comment

  1. Birmingham Chiropractor January 31, 2011 at 11:34 am

    I HAVE BEEN WAITING ON A LIMIT. FIGURED ONE WOULD EVENTUALLY BE PUT INTO PLACE…

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