Tylenol maker to change dosage guidelines

July 29, 2011 at 3:27 PM

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., July 29 (UPI) -- The makers of Extra Strength Tylenol brand acetaminophen say the maximum dose will soon be six, not eight pills a day, and new labeling will reflect the change.

Johnson & Johnson's McNeil Consumer Healthcare said labels would carry new dosing instructions this fall, WebMD reported Thursday.

"Acetaminophen is safe when used as directed," said Edwin Kuffner, McNeil vice president of over-the-counter medical affairs. "But, when too much is taken, it can cause liver damage."

The new labeling is intended to reduce the risk of accidental overdoses, the company said in a release.

The company also said it would lower the maximum dosage of its Regular Strength Tylenol and other acetaminophen-containing products in 2012.

The new Extra Strength Tylenol label will recommend taking no more than 3,000 milligrams of acetaminophen daily, down from the previous 4,000 milligrams, it said.

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