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FDA to limit amount of paracetamol in prescription pain killers

The FDA this week launched a major crackdown against use of one of the most popular painkillers in the market Paracetamol. As per the FDA, prescription pain pills may contain no more than 325 mg paracetamol. The drug also will carry a boxed warning of liver risk.

The most common paracetamol dose for prescription and over the counter drug is 500 mg. The FDA is taking this action to make prescription combination pain medications containing paracetamol safer for persons to use. Overdose from prescription combination products containing paracetamol amount nearly for ½ of all cases of paracetamol related liver failure and many of which result in liver transplant or death. Most doctors worry about liver damage from the drug, particularly, when taken in excess of 4 gm daily or with alcohol.

Dr KK Aggarwal
Editor in Chief