Take care with Tylenol

Patients need to be careful when not feeling well.  One common over the counter medication for pain, Tylenol, contains acetaminophen.  Acetaminophen is also found in prescriptions with different names such as Vicodin as well as in generic cold medicines.  In cases where a patient may be taking multiple medications for pain please consult with your doctor or pharmacist to ensure that you are not taking more than the 4,000 mg per day maximum.  In the US the majority of cases of acute liver failure stem from acetaminophen overdose.

JADA 141(9)  September 2010

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