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NEW YORK - A Food and Drug Administration report released Wednesday recommends stronger warnings and dose limits on drugs containing the painkiller acetaminophen, citing an increased risk of liver injury.
The recommendation covers both prescription doses and over-the-counter medication, of which Johnson & Johnson's Tylenol is the most well-known. Acetaminophen is also widely available as a generic over-the-counter drug.
...it is estimated that acetaminophen poisoning results in 56,000 injuries, 25,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths every year. Medical professionals have concluded that long-term use, or large doses of the drug can damage the liver, leading to liver failure or even death.
Originally posted by desert
I remember Tylenol tv commercials marketing it to new mothers right after childbirth. Tylenol must be ok/safe, because a hospital offers it.
(There was also the, "Please, mother, I'd rather do it myself!" for an aspirin. Making women feel they were in need of help from going "hysterical".)
Then mothers were encouraged to give it to their children! So Tylenol sales were marketed to two vulnerable groups, women at the moment of childbirth and women in charge of their child's well being. Who wouldn't do anything to keep their child from being in pain and getting the rest they need?!
So, the mother who decides that Tylenol is great for pain, starts to buy more OTC medicines that help her to avoid sinus pain, sleep better at night, fight colds/flu/allergies, etc. She ends up getting more of the drug than she bargained for. Plus, maybe she decides to imbibe in a little wine or martini in the evening or on weekends, along with taking Tylenol for headaches. Now we end up with women needing new livers.
Originally posted by Memysabu
The crap makes me sick I cant take it. They mix this trash with every painkiller as well which really screws up my options. I can be out of pain but Ill be sick to my stomach. In the past Ive chosen to deal with the pain because this trashy substance is in the painkiller. Why in the hell do they push tylenol so much? Rather have aspirin honestly or nothing at all.