On January 14, 2014, the FDA issued a recommendation to health care professionals: stop prescribing and dispensing prescription combination drug products that contain more than 325 mg. of acetaminophen per tablet, capsule or other dosage unit. According to the FDA, more than 325 mg. acetaminophen per dose does not provide additional benefit that outweighs the additional risks of liver injury.
The FDA claims that limiting the amount of acetaminophen per dose to 325 mg. will reduce the risk of liver injury from inadvertent overdose of acetaminophen which can result in liver failure, liver transplant, or death. Many arthritis patients take prescription combination drugs to relieve pain. If you take a combination product with acetaminophen (e.g., Lortab 10/500, Percocet 7.5/500, or others), read the label to see how much acetaminophen (APAP) is in each pill or dosage unit. If you have questions, talk to your doctor and pharmacist. The new recommendation may require a change to your prescription. The recommendation does not affect over-the-counter acetaminophen products.
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