Jim Croce made it to the top of the charts for his hit song “Time in a Bottle”. Obviously you can’t put time in a bottled BUT you sure can put a lot of hope in one.
Overdose from acetaminophen, the drug found in Tylenol, has been the leading cause of sudden liver failure in the U.S. for over a decade. Instead of pulling it from the market and focusing on the ROOT CAUSE for the need for Tylenol in the first place, Johnson & Johnson periodically changes their packaging in hopes that you’ll actually read the label. This is Johnson & Johnson’s lame attempt to reduce “accidental liver damage”. This lame attempt keeps them out of hot water with the FDA while they keep running to the bank with your hard-earned money. In spite of the danger associated with long-term use of Tylenol, it remains the #1 over-the-counter “pain reducer” in America. Don’t look now but I believe that makes you a lab rat with a checkbook.
Here is a look at some changes (aka safety measures) the company has made over the last 20 years:
1994 — Added warning about risk of liver damage when combining Tylenol and alcohol.
1994 — Added warning “do not use with any other product containing acetaminophen”
1998 — Added “do not exceed recommended dose”
2004 — Added specific warning about liver damage if not used as directed
2011 — Eliminated Tylenol infant drops — a highly concentrated formula blamed for accidental overdoses by parents — switching to a single formula for all children Tylenol products
2011 — Lowered the maximum daily adult dose of Extra Strength Tylenol to 3,000 milligrams a day, or six pills, unless directed to take more by a doctor. The maximum daily dose was previously 4,000 milligrams a day, or eight pills. Also lowered maximum adult dose of regular strength Tylenol
2011 — Changed directions from “take 2 caplets every 4-6 hours while symptoms last” to “take 2 caplets every 6 hours while symptoms last” for Extra Strength Tylenol. Also changed instructions on regular strength Tylenol
2013 — Warning added to the CAP OF THE BOTTLE which says “Always Read This Label”. This is their attempt to get you to actually read the label this time and it removes their liability for your health consequences. Unfortunately, when lab rats have taken the same product year after year and they haven’t died yet, what will make them read the label this time? Sadly, they probably won’t.
By the way, long-term use of Tylenol falls within the “accidental overdose” category. How long have you been a user?
There are easily explained reasons for your aches and pains AND there are perfectly healthy ways to remedy the problems. If you’re interested in answers…let me know. If you’d rather play lab rat…you’re paying the ultimate price.
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