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My husband has had an array of medical issues since 2000. He has polycystic kidney disease for which he received a kidney transplant in 2005. Due to an untreated bacterial infection (most likely from the transplant surgery), he contracted bacterial endocarditis and had his aortic valve replaced with an artificial valve shortly thereafter. In 2006, he had a massive subdural hematoma, the cause of which is uncertain. He had a craniotomy, and although not expected to survive, has recuperated and is doing amazingly well except for one thing. Throughout these ongoing problems, he resisted taking narcotic pain medications and opted to take Tylenol to treat his pain. He was fearful he would become addicted to the narcotics and ironically, has become addicted to Tylenol instead. This has resulted in a severe case of rebound headaches and has been going on for years.
He takes Tylenol every six hours all day and still has horrific headaches that ...
Generic Name: DECONGESTANT/DEXTROMETHORPHAN/ACETAMINOPHEN/GUAIFENESIN -
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breathing problems (e.g., asthma, emphysema)
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overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
trouble urinating (e.g., due to enlarged prostate)
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While FDA is trying to figure out ways to slow down the rate of acetaminophen-associated overdoses , McNeil - the maker of Tylenol brands - has elected to start changing the labeling instructions on their products. Will this be enough to stop the thousands of hospital visits and hundreds of deaths related to acetaminophen? The world will be watching. And the key to success will be public education and awareness. Thus, McNeil has sent out letters to all physicians asking the professionals to remind patients to: always read the label, never exceed the recommended dose, and never take more than one acetaminophen-containing product at a time.
The new label for Extra Strength Tylenol will read " Take two caplets every six hours " as opposed to "two caplets every four to six hours." This change reflects the fact that daily consumption of acetaminophen should not exceed 3000 mg in a 24 hour period of time. Additionally, the label will be changed from saying "do not take more than eight c...
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