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January 15, 2011

Reduce Vicodin component : orders FDA!

Yet another order from FDA (Food & Drug Association)! On January 13th FDA announced that it is ordering makers of Vicodin to cut the amount of acetaminophen in the drug. Acetaminophen is the pain reliever found in Tylenol, & Vicodin often is not labeled in such a way that consumers are even aware that they are taking it. 

Acetaminophen is often labeled as “APAP” on Vicodin products, so consumers sometimes take other medications that contain acetaminophen without realizing the potential risk of overdose. The FDA is ordering the maximum amount of acetaminophen to be 325 mg per capsule. Some products currently on the market top out at 700 mg per capsule.

The FDA is hoping that these measures will decrease the number of acetaminophen-related overdoses, which send over 50,000 people to the emergency room every year. The FDA is not, at present, restricting over-the-counter medications from their current maximum of 500 mg per capsule.     Liked it? Pls Promote!

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