Company Tries New Cap to Curb Tylenol Overdoses
I use Tylenol ahead of other pain relievers, but I’m also aware of the dangers. Acetaminophen is the leading cause of sudden liver failure in the US, and taking more than the recommended dose limits can kill you. I weigh 250, and metabolize most drugs pretty efficiently but I still never personally take more than 4 extra strength pills per day even though the recommended limit is 8.
Bottles of Tylenol sold in the U.S. will soon bear red warnings alerting users to the potentially fatal risks of taking too much of the popular pain reliever. The unusual step, disclosed by the company that makes Tylenol, comes amid a growing number of lawsuits and pressure from the federal government that could have widespread ramifications for a medicine taken by millions of people every day.
Johnson & Johnson says the warning will appear on the cap of new bottles of Extra Strength Tylenol sold in the U.S. starting in October and on most other Tylenol bottles in coming months. The warning will make it explicitly clear that the over-the-counter drug contains acetaminophen, a pain-relieving ingredient that’s the nation’s leading cause of sudden liver failure.
“We’re always looking for ways to better communicate information to patients and consumers,” says Dr. Edwin Kuffner, vice president of McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the Johnson & Johnson unit that makes Tylenol.