A new Tylenol warning will appear on the cap of all Extra Strength Tylenol bottles, the warning is to make it clear that the product contains acetaminophen. The bright red letters do not only say “Contains Acetaminophen” but it also states “Always Read the Label,” according to CNN on Aug 30.
The reason for this addition to the Tylenol caps for the extra strength product is because acetaminophen in large doses can be deadly. The National Institutes of Health states:
“Acetaminophen overdose is one of the most common poisonings worldwide.” While it is an effective pain reliever when taken as prescribed, too much of the acetaminophen can cause severe liver damage, according to “Fox and Friends” live on Friday morning.
The Food and Drug Administration sets the maximum daily limit of acetaminophen for adults at 4,000 milligrams a day. With the Extra Strength Tylenol containing 500 milligrams, anything more than eight of these tablets a day could be dangerous.
Acetaminophen is an ingredient in more than 600 OTC (over the counter) and prescription drugs. Johnson & Johnson, the makers of the brand name Tylenol feels that putting this warning on the cap is a step towards reducing the number of acetaminophen overdoses each year. The caps are due to be on the Tylenol product starting in October.