ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The Food and Drug Administration wants to limit the amount of acetaminophen or Tylenol in combination pills due to severe liver damage concerns.
Dr. Brent Tetri, a liver specialist at St. Louis University Hospital applauds the new recommendation for stricter restrictions saying this will help with people taking too much.
“I see folks who have back pain or whatever, and they start taking 3 or 4 at a time, and do that every 4 hours all day long. When people do that they can really get into trouble with liver damage,” he said.
The FDA recommended this week that health care professionals stop prescribing combination drugs that contain more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen per tablet.
A lot of pain pills like Percocet and Vicodin contain 500 milligrams of acetaminophen.
The Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition previously warned consumers that acetaminophen overdose is a real danger, especially because people often take it when they have the flu, mistakenly think the sides effects of an overdose are just more flu symptoms.
Inadvertent overdose from combination drugs account for nearly half of all cases of acetaminophen-related liver failure in the United States, the FDA said.