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ADELPHI, Md. – The makers of Tylenol, Excedrin and other medications are trying to dissuade regulators from placing new restrictions on their popular painkillers, including possibly removing some of them from store shelves.
The Food and Drug Administration has assembled more than 35 experts to discuss ways to prevent overdose with acetaminophen – the pain-relieving, fever-reducing ingredient in Tylenol and dozens of other prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Despite years of educational campaigns and other federal actions, acetaminophen is the leading cause of liver failure
Originally posted by deadline527
I'm going to articulate on WHY they passed this, and I'm sure many of you will understand.
Tylenol is in many pain killers, and is often marketed as APAP on the bottle. The problem with tylenol is it has a very low ceiling in terms of theraputic doses vs dangerous doses. The narcotic portion of the pain killer is many times safer in terms of risk of overdose, believe it or not, because many legitimate pain patients build up a tolerance to their medication. They do not build up a tolerance to the tylenol, however.
Lets say that same pain patient is on this medication. This mix of narcotic and tylenol. He may also get a headache at night, take two eccedrin, and some nyquil to help himself sleep. So now without realizing it, he is putting himself at dangerously high tylenol doses.
Lots of people overdose without realizing. They are trying to lower the amount of deaths and accidental liver transplants because of this. It screws up your liver bad, and many people arent aware how dangerous it actually is.
Originally posted by amatrine
I think they also just banned Percocett and Vicodin. Not sure if that passed?
Ok, you have percodan which is the same drug with asprin, but what about those people who take blood thinners and can not take ANYTHING except acetaminophen .
I agree this is nuts. No more Zicam, Tylenol, etc.
Personally I think the tylenol REEKS of them trying to find ways to save money
when the government health plan goes through. People dying of liver disease cost money, so lets stop that problem and take away tylenol.
People have known for decades that tylenol does this. You have to ask yourself, WHY NOW?