Tylenol Lowers Recommended Daily Dose
Johnson & Johnson lowered Tylenol's recommended dosage Thursday to prevent accidental overdose of its key ingredient, acetaminophen, a pain reliever that can cause liver failure.
This fall, U.S. packages of Extra Strength Tylenol will recommend a daily dose of just six pills, or 3,000 milligrams, down from eight pills, or 4,000 milligrams.
Regular Strength Tylenol and other pain relievers will also get lowered dosages. In 2009, an FDA panel recommended a lower recommended dosage for prescription products containing acetaminophen, although most products are purchased over-the-counter.
Dr. William M. Lee, a professor of internal medicine at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, told ABC News the move was "a prudent first step. Industry is coming around, but there's still a big problem. Lots of people are still overdosing."
Acetaminophen overdose is the leading cause of liver failure in the United States, with 56,000 cases reported each year, often because people don't take over-the-counter dosage recommendations seriously, ABC News reported.