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David Maine, MD posted:
Overdoses from acetaminophen send thousands of people to the emergency room in the U.S. each year according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration. Johnson & Johnson will now place prominent warning labels on caps of Extra Strength Tylenol bottles alerting users to the potentially fatal risk of acetaminophen toxicity.

The take home point - always know what you are taking. Acetaminophen is commonly included in several prescription and OTC combination drugs. Make sure you know what you are taking. Most experts agree that acetaminophen is safe when used appropriately (Max total daily dose of 3500-4000mg).
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Anon_11253 responded:
This information is vital. But, I do have a question. Have any of the studies this decision was based on separated those who took too much acetaminophen because they were already taking a acetaminophen containing prescription product and those that consumed alcohol while taking a acetaminophen containing prescription product ?

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