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What exactly is a "black box" warning? Simply put, it's the strongest warning that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can require on a drug's packaging. The FDA requires the black box warning when studies suggest a drug can cause a serious or life-threatening side effect. The text of the warning is set apart from other information in a black box, so that doctors, pharmacists, and patients can easily see it. What did the FDA advisory panel recommend? The FDA itself hasn't made a decision about acetaminophen, but an FDA advisory panel has made 10 recommendations concerning the drug. Among those recommendations, the panel voted to remove acetaminophen-containing painkillers such as Vicodin, Tylenol 3, and Percocet from the nation's formularies. It also voted in favor of removing all acetaminophen-containing prescription drugs from the market. But the panel voted to keep over-the-counter (OTC) pills that combine acetaminophen and other ingredients, su...
Do you take acetaminophen (Tylenol) for Migraines or other issues, either by itself or as part of another medication?
If you do, you need to know about a new warning issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about a rare risk.
The FDA published this warning statement:
Acetaminophen, a fever and pain reliever that is one of the most widely used medicines in the U.S., can cause rare but serious skin reactions, warns the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Although rare, possible reactions to acetaminophen include three serious skin diseases whose symptoms can include rash, blisters and, in the worst case, widespread damage to the surface of skin. If you are taking acetaminophen and develop a rash or other skin reaction, stop taking the product immediately and seek medical attention right away.
Used for decades by millions of people, acetaminophen is the generic name of a common active ingredient included in numerous prescription and non-prescription ...
In recent months, several news stories have been published that indicate there appears to be a link between acetaminophen and asthma. Experts call this a "risk factor." So does this mean you should stop taking Tylenol (or other acetaminophen brands) if you have asthma? Not necessarily...
What We DO Know
There are many different known risk factors for asthma, including environment, heredity and exposure to certain allergens or irritants. But researchers are anxious to learn as much as they can about asthma because there has been such rapid growth in the numbers of people with asthma over the last couple of decades. These experts want to know why, because with such knowledge may come a cure for asthma or at least better prevention.
Acetaminophen lowers the level of a substance called glutathione, which is an antioxidant, that is found in lung tissue. Antioxidants help fend off inflammation. Inflammation is at the root of most asthma symptoms, particularly alle...
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