Acetaminophen and Children

FDA advisory committees met today to discuss changes in the dosing instructions for children on the labels of medicines containing acetaminophen.

The goal is protecting young livers. Medications containing acetaminophen can be toxic to a child’s liver if taken in high doses. Last year, an astonishing 270,000 overdoses of acetaminophen were reported. How many went unreported?
The label currently says says “ask a doctor” in the recommended dosage area.

I don’t pretend to know the answer. But I’m glad someone is looking at this and I’m glad awareness is being raised about the concerns with acetaminophen.

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