Tylenol makes changes to its label - this comes after numerous overdoses from acetaminophen found in Tylenol that have come to focus coupled with the growing numbers of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits filed.
This latest warning will be printed on each bottle cap and will be out in October of this year. The new label will read: "Contains acetaminophen. Always read the label" in bold red letters. This step was taken to alert consumers of potential liver failure and even death and to reduce the number of accidental acetaminophen overdoses that occur each year, as well as to encourage consumers to carefully read labels.
Acetaminophen, a pain reliever, is the main ingredient in Tylenol, as well as in more than 600 over-the-counter products and prescription medications. It has sent thousands of people (up to 80,000) to emergency rooms. Health officials reported that at least 500 people overdosed due to acetaminophen. Consumers should be aware that taking too much acetaminophen can cause poisoning and severe liver damage.
Tips on how to take precautions:
- - Read the label
- - Intake only the allowed dosage
- - Avoid taking acetaminophen with alcohol
- - Inform your doctor and pharmacist about all medications you are taking
- - Practice extra caution when taking “extra-strength” versions
On a final note, most experts agree that acetaminophen is safe when used as directed; this is why it is so important to read the label and to take the allowed dosage. Consumers need to educate themselves and take the necessary steps to prevent problems like liver damage and other side effects, as well as accidental overdose.
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Content of this article has been written based on the information found online, including but not limited to www.webmd.com and www.abclocal.go.com