FDA Panel Recommends Lowering Daily Dose of Acetaminophen

Posted on Jul 06, 2009
An FDA panel of 37 experts studying the use of medications containing acetaminophen.  Acetaminophen is a painkiller medication, most commonly found in drugs such as Tylenol, Vicodin and Percocet.  Acetaminophen is a leading cause of liver failure.  The panel of experts recommended that the maximum recommended single dose of acetaminophen be reduced to 650 milligrams per day, and that the drugs Vicodin and Percocet be eliminated.  While the FDA is not required to adopt the recommendations made by the panel of experts, it usually does.  The FDA has issued an FAQ for consumers.

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