Tylenol, Extra Strength, Is the Number One Cause of Liver Failure

Tylenol Extra StrengthBig Pharma being responsible? Are we living on Htrae? Via USA Today:

TRENTON, NJ — Johnson & Johnson said Thursday that it’s reducing the maximum daily dose of its Extra Strength Tylenol pain reliever to lower risk of accidental overdose from acetaminophen, its active ingredient and the top cause of liver failure.

The company’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division said the change affects Extra Strength Tylenol sold in the U.S. — one of many products in short supply in stores due to a string of recalls.

Starting sometime this fall, labels on Extra Strength Tylenol packages will now list the maximum daily dose as six pills, or a total of 3,000 milligrams, down from eight pills a day, or 4,000 milligrams. Beginning next year, McNeil will also reduce the maximum daily dose for its Regular Strength Tylenol and other adult pain relievers containing acetaminophen, the most widely used pain killer in the country.

Besides Tylenol, acetaminophen is the active ingredient in the prescription painkillers Percocet and Vicodin and in some nonprescription pain relievers, including NyQuil and some Sudafed products. It’s found in thousands of medicines taken for headaches, fever, sore throats and chronic pain.

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  • Rex Vestri

    As if changing the labeling on the package is really going to do anything to solve the problem.

    • Butter Knife

      It might stop people from believing that the manufacturer recommends taking that much. Maybe somebody out there actually reads those warnings?

      Aside from educating the general public on the nature of tradeoffs and side effects, I don’t think there is much they can do to keep people from taking too much Tylenol… not even if they really wanted to.

      A stunning number of people seem oblivious of the fact that most decisions, especially regarding health, come with drawbacks. The popular course of action seems to be blithely taking the maximum dosage of every medication for every problem, without any regard for safety, cost, need, or pretty much anything else.

  • Rex Vestri

    As if changing the labeling on the package is really going to do anything to solve the problem.

  • vi0let_femme

    tylenol doesn’t help my pain when i have a headache or a toothache. only ibuprofen helps the pain and that stuff is bad for your stomach. 

    • Redacted

      I have the same issue. Tylenol does jack for me.

  • vi0let_femme

    tylenol doesn’t help my pain when i have a headache or a toothache. only ibuprofen helps the pain and that stuff is bad for your stomach. 

  • reubenavery

    This is why I stick with aspirin and coffee to treat my drunken hangovers.

    • Redacted

      I just throw rocks at cars.

      • Cornelius

        Masturbation also helps the pain.

  • Anonymous

    This is why I stick with aspirin and coffee to treat my drunken hangovers.

  • Greg

    Acetaminophen is NOT the “main” painkiller in percocet and vicodin, oxycodone and hydrocodone, respectively (namely opiates).

    • E.B. Wolf

      Mmmmmm…yummy, yummy, opiates. They’re easy on the Liver and Kidneys too.

  • Greg

    Acetaminophen is NOT the “main” painkiller in percocet and vicodin, oxycodone and hydrocodone, respectively (namely opiates).

  • JoiquimCouteau

    That’s what happens when drugs are made from coal tar residue.

    • Linsang811

      Actually, perfectly benign products can be made from coal tar.

      • Jin The Ninja

        the only thing that comes to mind is that red carbolic soap people use on safari.

  • Anonymous

    That’s what happens when drugs are made from coal tar residue.

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  • Linsang811

    Actually, perfectly benign products can be made from coal tar.

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  • Anonymous

    I just throw rocks at cars.

  • Anonymous

    I have the same issue. Tylenol does jack for me.

  • Butter Knife

    It might stop people from believing that the manufacturer recommends taking that much. Maybe somebody out there actually reads those warnings?

    Aside from educating the general public on the nature of tradeoffs and side effects, I don’t think there is much they can do to keep people from taking too much Tylenol… not even if they really wanted to.

    A stunning number of people seem oblivious of the fact that most decisions, especially regarding health, come with drawbacks. The popular course of action seems to be blithely taking the maximum dosage of every medication for every problem, without any regard for safety, cost, need, or pretty much anything else.

  • Anonymous

    the only thing that comes to mind is that red carbolic soap people use on safari.

  • Anonymous

    I prefer Ibuprofen, works well for me and I haven’t noticed any of the possible side effects.

  • SF2K01

    I prefer Ibuprofen, works well for me and I haven’t noticed any of the possible side effects.

  • Guest

    I see no one’s mentioned drug war hypocracy yet!

    Legalise it :D

  • Guest

    I see no one’s mentioned drug war hypocracy yet!

    Legalise it :D

  • Cornelius

    Masturbation also helps the pain.

  • E.B. Wolf

    Mmmmmm…yummy, yummy, opiates. They’re easy on the Liver and Kidneys too.

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