McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a division of Johnson & Johnson, now recommends the maximum dosage for extra strength Tylenol to be six pills a day – as opposed to eight – for a total of 3,000 mg. The new labels will appear on Tylenol products starting in the fall, and changes to the maximum dosage of regular strength Tylenol and its other products will begin in 2012.
“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,” Dr. Edwin Kuffner, vice president of OTC Medical Affairs and Clinical Research at McNeil Consumer Healthcare, told CNN. “McNeil is revising its labels for products containing acetaminophen in an attempt to decrease the likelihood of accidental overdosing in those instances.”
Kuffner contends that acetaminophen is safe when used as directed, although it can cause liver damage if misused. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration began an effort in January to reduce the risk of liver damage by asking companies that make products with acetaminophen to limit the amount of the drug per pill to 325 mg and have a clear warning on all packaging.
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