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Extra Strength Tylenol-reducing dosage amount to reduce risk of accidental overdose of Acetaminophen

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Below is a link to a press release on Johnson & Johnson’s website concerning reduced dosage amounts for Extra Strength Tylenol.

McNeil, maker of Tylenol products, has taken a number of steps to change the intake of acetaminophen. Why? Because overdose of acetaminophen can cause liver damage. The most recent move is to change dosing instructions on its products containing acetaminophen. Adults could take 8 Extra Strength Tylenol’s per day before, but are now being instructed to take only 6 per day. Oddly, McNeil has said, "Consumers can continue to use their Tylenol and other adult acetaminophen containing products as currently labeled." Perhaps a lesser content of acetaminophen in the less powerful drugs is less worrisome to McNeil? Further McNeil launched a national program to educate consumers on the appropriate use of medications containing acetaminophen. In addition to label warnings with the new dosing, McNeil plans a warning on the bottle cap of Extra Strength Tylenol.

Acetaminophen does have properties which can reduce pain, fever, and aches.

http://www.jnj.com/connect/news/all/mcneil-consumer-healthcare-announces-plans-for-new-dosing-instructions-for-tylenol-products