Saturday, January 15, 2011

Feature Article: Acetaminophen, The FDA and You

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Acetaminophen - The FDA and You

WASHINGTON - Just what is the leading cause of liver failure in America? Can you say Acetaminophen? The FDA can, did, and is limiting that key ingredient that is found in Vicodin, Percocet and other prescription painkillers that have been linked to thousands of cases of liver damage in America each and every year.

Finally, the FDA has awoke to announce it will limit the amount of acetaminophen in painkiller drugs to 325 milligrams per capsule.

Acetaminophen is the pain reliever found in over-the-counter drugs such as Tylenol, Nyquil and thousands of other medicines used for the treatment of headaches, aching muscles and far too many other gripes - not to mention blatant abuse. Acetaminophen is dangerous at large doses and is also found in prescription "combination" painkillers.

Acetaminophen is the leading cause of liver failure in America and drives over 56,000 people-plus to ER's annually. Estimates are that well over 200 kick the bucket each year and the FDA believes that at least 140 of those deaths, if not more, are linked to prescription drugs with acetaminophen.

Proof again that you just can't win for losing and they're called "painkillers" for more than one reason. Hopefully this decision by the FDA will save lives and livers. Only time will tell. For more Health news, visit Choice Health.


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