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On July 29, 2011, Johnson & Johnson announced it lowered the maximum recommended dosage of Tylenol and other products containing acetaminophen in an attempt to lower the risk of overdose and liver damage. More than 400 people die each year, and 42,000 are hospitalized from drugs that contain acetaminophen. In January 2011, the FDA announced limits on acetaminophen levels in prescription pain killers Vicodin and Percocet.

The new ES Tylenol recommended maximum daily dosage will drop from 4,000 mg. daily to 3,000 mg. daily (from 8 pills to 6 pills).

The FDA advisory panel warned that users of acetaminophen with narcotics for long periods, develop a tolerance and need higher and higher doses to achieve the same effect. Therefore, the liver receives higher and higher doses of acetaminophen.

McKeen & Associates has seen many cases of prescription drug overdoses and adverse reactions over the years. Some of the drugs are narcotics; some are garden-variety pain killers or other classes of drugs. It is paramount the consumer takes the drugs only as prescribed, that they know the risks and side effects, and that any unusual reactions or adverse effects should be immediately reported to the prescribing physician.

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