"Acetaminophen is safe when used as directed," said Dr. Edwin Kuffner, vice president of OTC Medical Affairs and Clinical Research at McNeil Consumer Healthcare. "But, when too much is taken, it (overdosing) can cause liver damage."
(PRWEB) November 21, 2011
The Consumer Justice Foundation, a for-profit corporation whose mission is to provide awareness for consumers regarding the potential dangers of different medications by way of free online informational resources, hereby alerts consumers of the dropping of the recommended daily dosage of Extra Strength Tylenol. This recommended drop is from 4,000 milligrams per day to 3,000 milligrams per day, and the reason that this drop is occurring is because of concerns regarding the dangers of consumers in developing severe liver damage from ingesting too much acetaminophen.
According to a report released by CNN, this drop in the recommended daily dosage is occurring because the FDA recommended in 2009 that the manufacturers of over-the-counter medications that contain acetaminophen lower the amount of this active ingredient in their products sold in this manner. Extra Strength Tylenol, however, comes in pill form and contains 500 milligrams of acetaminophen, and Johnson & Johnson/McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the manufacturer of this medication, now recommends that consumers take only six pills per day instead of the eight that had been recommended. "Acetaminophen is safe when used as directed," said Dr. Edwin Kuffner, vice president of OTC Medical Affairs and Clinical Research at McNeil Consumer Healthcare. "But, when too much is taken, it (overdosing) can cause liver damage."
One of the reasons that the FDA and ultimately Johnson & Johnson/McNeil Consumer Healthcare were prompted to make this change is based on studies that date back to 2005 that show that as much as 42 percent of the liver failure that occurs in the United States can be traced to overuse of acetaminophen. That 2005 study was published in the December issue of Hepatology.
About the Consumer Justice Foundation
The Consumer Justice Foundation, whose Web site can be found at http://www.consumerjusticefoundation.com, is a for-profit organization that serves two purposes for consumers: (1) to provide educational information regarding the policies and procedures of large corporations and how they affect the average consumer; and (2) to provide news updates and resources that continue to update consumers regarding developments taken by corporations that include pharmaceutical drug companies, auto manufacturers and insurance companies so that consumers who have been harmed can use these informational resources to connect to an experienced professional who can help them. The team at the Consumer Justice Foundation is staffed by experienced and passionate consumer advocates whose mission is to raise the awareness of issues that could pose a risk of harm to those who may not otherwise be aware of the dangers they face.