In a ruling announced on Thurs, the Food and Drug Administration has announced new restrictions to painkillers. The newest restrictions will have to do with how much acetaminophen could be blended into narcotic painkillers. Possible acetaminophen overdoses are the reason for this limit. The FDA is going to add additional restrictions to the drugs. Source of article - FDA calls for limits on acetaminophen in narcotic drugs by Newsytype.com.
FDA orders limits on Vicodin ingredient
The ruling the FDA came out with limits the amount of acetaminophen. Each painkiller capsule has a limit. Right now there is a limit. It is 700 milligrams per pill though. The new limit allows no more than 325 milligrams per capsule or dose. There are a lot of things that acetaminophen treats. It includes headaches, sore throats and fevers. There are drugs like Vicodin, Percocet and hydrocodone that use acetaminophen. Usually narcotics are mixed in with these. Narcotic painkillers use acetaminophen as well while an overdose can occur when patients take more acetaminophen.
Standard labeling should not happen
The limitation on acetaminophen comes partially from the lack of standard labeling. You will find different abbreviations used for acetaminophen on pill bottles like APAP. It is hard to stay away from overdose. The labeling makes it hard to avoid. The amount of the painkiller will start. Afterwards, a boxed warning is likely to happen. A lot of the time acetaminophen is responsible for liver failure. In the USA, it is the leading cause. About 120 deaths a year from overdoses of the drug is estimates by the FDA.
Getting your over the counter acetaminophen products
There are limits the Food and Drug Administration is putting down on the amount of painkillers in prescriptions and also the Food and Drug Administration is making sure there are more warnings on boxes. Still, the amounts of drugs that have acetaminophen aren?t being limited. Acetaminophen will be in OTC medications in high quantities still like Tylenol. Up to 500 milligrams per capsule can be within the high-dose over the counter drugs. In 2009, an FDA panel voted to eliminate these narcotic / acetaminophen combinations entirely. The FDA, nevertheless, has decided to limit the amount of acetaminophen, instead of eliminating the drugs from the market.
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