FDA Increases Pain Reliever Warnings

Government experts are scheduled to vote today on whether Nyquil and other combination cold medications should be pulled from the market to help curb deadly overdoses.

The FDA says that despite years of educational campaigns and
other federal actions, Acetaminophen remains the leading cause of liver failure in the U.S., sending 56,000 people to the emergency room annually. There are about 200 acetaminophen-related deaths each year.

The FDA panel could vote to pull the products, strengthen black box warnings on acetaminophen products, or lower the maximum daily dosage.

Currently, the maximum daily dosage of acetaminophen for adults is 4 grams. Some doctors worry patients will exceed that when they take multiple medications that contain acetaminophen, like Tylenol and NyQuil.

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