Some medications, particularly those sold over-the-counter, can be taken for granted as safe. However, these medications, like ibuprofen and acetaminophen, can pose health problems even when taken as directed.
Health Canada is taking into consideration the possibility of reducing the daily recommended dosage of the popular pain relieving drug acetaminophen. This possibility comes amid growing concerns about liver damage that comes as a result of both intentional and unintentional overdoses of the medication.
The current recommended dosage of acetaminophen, sold under the popular brand name of Tylenol, but also in other products, is four grams per day. The Canadian federal health department is considering lowering that dosage to 2.6 grams per day. This equates to about five Extra Strength Tylenol pills per day. The current recommendation is eight per day.
Another consideration being undertaken is to limit the amount of acetaminophen contained in each tablet from 500 to 350 milligrams. Doctors report that some patients are reporting liver damage at less than the current recommended dosage.
Acetaminophen is a widely popular pain reliever, sold under the brand name of Tylenol and many other brands. It is also sold in many other products, such as cold and cough medications and in prescription pain relievers such as codeine. People can often take more than they are aware they are taking by combining different medications.
Health Canada reported that as many as 20% of acetaminophen-related liver damage reported to Canada Vigilance (the agency who monitors adverse drug effects) were from doses within the recommended range.
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