1 July 2009
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reiterates its warning that taking too much acetaminophen or paracetamol can cause liver injury, even death. With the untimely death of pop icon Michael Jackson from possible painkiller overdose, warnings like this should receive serious attention.
In the US, the biggest-selling acetaminophen brand is Tylenol. Here in the Philippines, the best-known brands of paracetamol are Biogesic, Calpol, Tempra and even Tylenol.
The FDA strongly advises people not to take more than one medicine containing acetaminophen at the same time.
Here is a three-page reminder from the FDA about the need to be extra careful when taking acetaminophen or paracetamol (please click on the images to enlarge them):
I hope we all take this warning very seriously.