Do you take Tylenol? I have for years and almost always take the highest dosage per 4 hours. NOW after all these years McNeil Consumer Healthcare is announcing new dosing instructions and lowering the maximum daily dose that should be taken to prevent accidental overdose. If you are an acetaminophen user please read this official press release and LOWER how much you consume immediately to avoid the risk of liver damage.
McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the makers of TYLENOL, have announced plans for new dosing instructions for all single-ingredient, Extra Strength TYLENOL products sold in the U.S. lowering the maximum daily dose from 8 pills per day (4,000mg) to 6 pills per day (3,000mg), to help encourage appropriate acetaminophen use and reduce the risk of accidental overdose. The new dosing instructions will appear on Extra Strength TYLENOL product packages in the U.S. beginning in the fall of 2011. The new dosing instructions will also change the dosing interval from every 4-6 hours to every 6 hours.
The maximum daily dose will also be reduced for Regular Strength TYLENOL and other adult acetaminophen-containing products, with the new dosing instructions appearing on these product packages beginning in 2012.
Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in TYLENOL is found in more than 600 over-the-counter and prescription medicines, including TYLENOL, SUDAFED Triple Action, Percocet and Vicodin. Acetaminophen is safe when used as directed, but, when too much is taken (overdose), it can cause liver damage. Some people accidentally exceed the recommended dose when taking multiple products at the same time, often without realizing they contain acetaminophen or by not reading and following the dosing instructions.
Steven Lamm, M.D., an internist and clinical assistant professor of medicine at the New York University School of Medicine and a nationally recognized expert on a variety of medical ailments, is available to discuss the new dosing instructions and how consumers can take steps to use acetaminophen-containing products and other medications appropriately.
* Steven Lamm, M.D. is paid spokesperson for McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the makers of TYLENOL