Americans unwittingly overdosing on OTC painkillers, FDA says

01/23/2004 | NYTimes.com

The FDA issued a warning that too many Americans are either overdosing on over-the-counter painkillers or are taking the wrong ones and suggested they follow the directions accompanying the medicines more closely. It put acetaminophen, best known by the Tylenol brand, at the top of its warning list but also listed aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen and ketoprofen as often overused OTC drugs. Manufacturers say serious liver damage is rare even though about 100 million people a year take acetaminophen.

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