New Dosage for Acetominophen: Are You Safe?

dosage of acetaminophen vitally importantLiver damage is something none of us wants to contend with; not for ourselves, and definitely not for our children.  It is of special concern then, that the FDA announced this past week an adjustment in dosage for acetaminophen.  The drug acetaminophen must be taken in the proper maximum dosage of 325 mg each (for adults) or it may cause liver damage.

For years, we have likely seen advertisements from major manufacturers proudly declaring the safety of acetaminophen,  and for many of us, these messages may be hard to erase.  We at Brian’s Pharmacies are doing everything we can to ensure our customers’ safety: by ensuring that we only sell products that contain acetaminophen marked with the proper dosage.  But there are several steps that you as a consumer must take to ensure safety at home.  We’ll share these steps with you now.

Be Alert to Older Packaging

Because older product packaging does not have the current dosage requirement, some may have trouble determining what amount they should be taking at this time.  If you have a drug that contains acetaminophen and you are not sure if the dosage marked on the packaging is a safe one, please contact us.  We can help you determine exactly what you need to take according to the new standards by the FDA.

Be Aware that Acetaminophen is in Many Drugs

Tylenol is a brand name of acetaminophen that most of us know readily.  Did you know, though, that acetaminophen is in quite a few prescription and over-the-counter drugs?  In addition to prescription pain medications such as Percocet, Vicodin and Tylenol with codeine, certain varieties of the brand names Excedrin, Robitussin and Sudafed contain acetaminophen, as do their generic counterparts.  The safest option is to check the ingredient listing and see if and how much acetaminophen is contained in the drug.  Be particularly careful if you are taking more than one drug  for an illness; you must be sure to tally the total amount of acetaminophen you are taking.

Measure With Precision

It is important to administer exactly the correct dosage, especially with children.  The FDA’s new dosage for children is 160mg.  Many of us have clean, reusable droppers or syringes at home that we are accustomed to use with our babies or little ones.  Do not take for granted that you are using the correct amount because you have used the dropper or syringe before.  Check the product packaging for the correct dosage amount, make sure this amount is exactly the same as the number markings on the dropper or syringe.

We care about your safety, and of course, your good health.  If you have questions or concerns about the new dosage of acetaminophen and how it affects you and your family’s safety, please stop in or give us a call.

Speak Your Mind