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New Dosing Instructions for Tylenol Products

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(FORT WASHINGTON, Pa.) – McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNeil-PC, Inc. announced plans Thursday for new dosing instructions lowering the maximum daily dose for single-ingredient Extra Strength Tylenol (acetaminophen) products sold in the U.S. from eight pills per day (4,000 mg) to six pills per day (3,000 mg).

The change is designed to help encourage safer acetaminophen use with the intention of reducing risk of accidental overdose.

Acetaminophen is the active ingredient in Tylenol and can be found in more than 600 over-the-counter and prescription medications, such as Sudafed Triple Action, NyQuil, Percocet and Vicodin. It is used by more than 50 million Americans each week to treat conditions such as pain, fever, and cold and flu symptoms.

“Acetaminophen is safe when used as directed,” said Edwin Kuffner, M.D., vice president of OTC Medical Affairs and Clinical Research at McNeil Consumer Healthcare. “But, when too much is taken, it can cause liver damage.  Some people accidentally exceed the recommended dose when taking multiple products at the same time, often without realizing they contain acetaminophen or by not reading and following the dosing instructions.  McNeil is revising its labels for products containing acetaminophen in an attempt to decrease the likelihood of accidental overdosing in those instances.”

McNeil says the new dosing instructions will appear on Extra Strength Tylenol packages in the U.S. beginning in the fall of 2011. Additionally, McNeil will be lowering the maximum daily dose for Regular Strength Tylenol and other adult acetaminophen-containing products.

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