The FDA issued a notice that one lot of hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen tablets with a dosage of 10 mg/500 mg has been recalled because some of them may contain a higher dosage of acetaminophen.
The affected tablets were manufactured by Qualitest, a subsidiary of Endo Health Solutions, and are from Lot Number C1440512A, with an expiration date of 12/13. The tablets are approximately 16.51 mm in length, pink, capsule-shaped tablets, with "3600" debossed on one side of the tablet and "V" on the other.
Unintentional administration of tablets with increased acetaminophen content could result in liver toxicity, especially in patients on other acetaminophen containing medications, patients with liver dysfunction, or people who consume more than three alcoholic beverages a day.
If you are taking hydrocodone/acetaminophen in the 10/500 mg dosage and are not sure if your medication came from the recalled lot, check with your pharmacist.
Recently, a fellow migraine patient emailed me about a situation she had found herself in and asked me to share it in hopes of preventing others from finding themselves in the same situation. Joan (not her real name) had a "headache" and wasn't sure if it was a migraine or a headache, so she reached for her bottle of Excedrin ® Tension Headache and took two caplets as the directions state. Two hours later, since her headache wasn't better, Joan took FOUR more Excedrin ® Tension Headache caplets, which was double the recommended dosage. When that still hadn't worked two hours later, she took a dose of her triptan and two Vicodin (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) tablets. Once again, the medications provided no relief, so two hours later she repeated the triptan with two more Vidocin. At that point, she began vomiting uncontrollably, and her husband took her to the emergency room. In the emergency room, they gave her a charcoal substance to neutralize the acetaminophen, started an I...
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 ...
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