To help curb accidental overdoses, Johnson & Johnson has reduced the maximum daily dosage on its Extra Strength Tylenol. Beginning this fall, the labels will reflect the changes, with the maximum daily dose decreased from eight pills per day to six, or from 4,000 milligrams to 3,000 milligrams.
Regular strength Tylenol and other pain relievers that contain acetaminophen will also see decreases in recommended daily doses, The Associated Press reports. Acetaminophen is one of the most widely taken medications in the country, and the most active ingredient in prescription drugs such as Percocet and Vicoden. It is also found in Nyquil and Sudafed and can be taken to ease a multitude of aches and pains.
"But people taking multiple medicines at once don't always realize how much acetaminophen they are ingesting, partly because prescription drug labels often list it under the abbreviation 'APAP,'" according to the source. "Two years ago, a panel of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration called for sweeping restrictions to prevent accidental fatal overdoses of acetaminophen."
In the same vein, steroid medications will soon feature stronger warning labels, as it was recently revealed that they could cause irreversible eye damage.