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Limitations planned for prescriptions including acetaminophen



In a ruling announced on Thurs, the Food and Drug Administration has declared new limitations to painkillers. Acetaminophen, a painkiller found in every little thing from Vicodin to cold medicine, could be restricted. Possible acetaminophen overdoses are the reason for this limit. The Food and Drug Administration is going to add additional limitations to the drugs. Source of article - FDA calls for limits on acetaminophen in narcotic drugs by Newsytype.com.



Vicodin ingredient limited by Food and Drug Administration




The FDA ruling will limit the amount of acetaminophen in each painkiller capsule. The current limit is 700 milligrams per pill. The new limit will allow no more than 325 milligrams per capsule or dose. You will find a lot of things that acetaminophen treats. It involves headaches, sore throats and fevers. Drugs like Vicodin, Percocet and hydrocodone generics mix acetaminophen with narcotics. Many narcotic painkillers also contain acetaminophen, but numerous patients may take additional acetaminophen, causing an overdose.



Standard labeling should not happen




Part of the limitation on acetaminophen is as a result of labeling. There isn’t standard labeling used. You will find different abbreviations used for acetaminophen on pill bottles such as APAP. Patients have a hard time avoiding overdose as a result of this. The amount of the painkiller will start. Afterwards, a boxed warning is likely to happen. Acetaminophen is the leading cause of liver failure in the USA. About 120 deaths a year from overdoses of the drug is estimates by the FDA.



Anything over the counter with acetaminophen




The amount of drugs that can have acetaminophen isn’t being limited although there are strong warnings being put on boxes and the amount of painkillers in a prescription are being limited by the FDA. Many over the counter medications, such as Tylenol, will still contain acetaminophen above and beyond the 325 milligram limit. High-dose OTC drugs have up to 500 milligrams per capsule. The Food and Drug Administration voted to eliminate the narcotic/acetaminophen combinations in 2009. The Food and Drug Administration, however, has decided to limit the amount of acetaminophen, instead of eliminating the drugs from the market.



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Reuters


reuters.com/article/idUSN1328805720110113


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