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New Dosing Instructions: Beginning Fall 2011
Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in TYLENOL®, can be found in more than 600 over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications, such as TYLENOL®, SUDAFED® Triple Action™, NyQuil®, Percocet® and Vicodin®.* Acetaminophen is safe when used as directed, but when too much is taken (overdose), 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.
To help encourage appropriate acetaminophen use, the makers of Extra Strength TYLENOL® have implemented new dosing instructions lowering the maximum daily dose for single-ingredient Extra Strength TYLENOL® (acetaminophen) products sold in the U.S. from 8 pills per day (4,000 mg) to 6 pills per day (3,000 mg). The dosing interval has also changed from 2 pills every 4 – 6 hours to 2 pills every 6 hours.
Look for the new dosing instructions on Extra Strength TYLENOL® product packages in the U.S. beginning in the fall of 2011.** Consumers can continue to use their existing TYLENOL® and other adult acetaminophen-containing products as currently labeled. The company has been working closely with other manufacturers of acetaminophen products to help ensure consistency in dosing instructions.
Education Campaign: Get Relief Responsibly™
In addition to the new dosing instructions on the OTC label, the makers of TYLENOL® launched Get Relief Responsibly™, an initiative designed to educate consumers about the appropriate use of OTC and prescription medications, particularly those containing acetaminophen, and the importance of reading and following medication labels. As a part of this initiative, the makers of TYLENOL® have created a new website www.getreliefresponsibly.com. The site includes an interactive Acetaminophen Finder tool to help consumers identify products that contain acetaminophen and build a personal acetaminophen medication list to share with their healthcare provider or pharmacist.
Acetaminophen is used by more than 50 million Americans each week to treat conditions such as pain, fever and aches and pains associated with cold and flu symptoms. The safety of TYLENOL® has been well established for more than 50 years and TYLENOL® remains the brand of pain reliever that doctors recommend more than any other and that hospitals use most. If you have any questions, we encourage you to talk to your healthcare professional, or contact our Consumer Call Center at 1-877-414-7711.
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**The maximum daily dose will also be lowered for Regular Strength TYLENOL® and other McNeil Consumer Healthcare adult acetaminophen-containing products beginning in 2012.