The federal government has just declared something a “national public health emergency.” Hearing those words, you might think that they’re talking about Hurricane Harvey or possibly some other national disaster. After all, that designation is typically reserved for national disasters. However, the federal government has declared the nation-wide epidemic of death and abuse of opioid medications a health emergency. Yet, it is not just prescription opioids that patients need to worry about as the New York Times reports.
Acetaminophen, also known as Tylenol and its generic counterparts, isn’t always safe, either. The drug can damage the kidneys when taken in large doses, as some might do for chronic pain related to conditions like arthritis. Acetaminophen is available over-the-counter, but is also an ingredient in many prescribed pain relievers. Some patients may not realize that they are taking a dose that may be hazardous to their health.
The Food and Drug Administration required the manufacturers of acetaminophen pain relievers to include a warning on their products. The warning states that severe liver damage can occur if doses of more than 4,000 milligrams every 24 hours. Before this, the FDA told manufacturers making prescribed acetaminophen drugs to limit doses to 325 milligrams in prescribed combination drugs.
Patients who are taking a prescription medication containing acetaminophen should take care not to take over-the-counter medications containing the drug as well. They should also tell their doctor what over-the-counter medications they are taking if they have been prescribed by another doctor and also what over-the-counter drugs they take.
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