FDA issues warning for drugs containing common painkiller, opiate drugs affected

From over-the-counter cough medicine to prescription pain medication such as Vicodin, the common ingredient acetaminophen has been limited to 325 milligrams per dose by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration due to risk of severe liver injury. Currently, many of these drugs contain 500-650 milligrams of acetaminophen, including popular opiate-based painkillers like Percocet, according to this chart from the FDA. According to this press release from earlier in January, prescribed medications containing 325 milligrams or more are still considered safe under physician supervision as long as the dose does not exceed 4,000 milligrams per day.  At highest risk are those who take common pain relievers like Tylenol along with their prescribed medications already containing acetaminophen.

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