November 27, 2021

FDA To Limit Acetaminophen To Prescription Drugs

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The FDA is taking new action to limit the amount of harmful substances in popular strong painkillers

With reports of severe liver damage over the years the FDA said that drug makers need to limit the amount of pain reliever Acetaminophen in prescription drugs like Percocet and Vicodin. On Thursday U.S. health officials announced that they will lower the maximum amount.

These new actions will not affect over the counter drugs. Although the FDA said they might take action in that area at some point. Those would include Tylenol and Nyquil.

What the new actions will affect are the usual powerful painkillers such as Tylenol with Codeine, Percocet, which is known as Oxycodone, and Vicodin, which is known as Hydrocodone.

“FDA is taking this action to make prescription combination pain medications containing acetaminophen safer for patients to use. Overdose from prescription combination products containing acetaminophen account for nearly half of all cases of acetaminophen-related liver failure in the United States, many of which result in liver transplant or death,” said Sandra Kweder, a spokesman for the FDA.

Currently the max amount you can have in a tablet or capsule is 750 milligrams and drug makers have said they will take the maximum down to 325 milligrams per tablet or capsule. They have 3 years to reformulate the prescription drug or need to stop making them altogether.