But what about Panadol, Anacin and Efferalgan?
August 4, 2011 11:15 AM Subscribe
posted by hat_eater (54 comments total)
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Last week Johnson & Johnson announced
that it is lowering the maximum daily dose for single-ingredient Extra Strength Tylenol from 8 to 6 pills per day (from 4,000 to 3,000 mg).
The dosage change follows the recommendations
posted by the FDA two years ago. The discussion
that ensued on Science Based Medicine blog is quite informative. The highlights include the reasons why acetaminophen isn't sold with additives that would prevent liver failure in case of overdose (cost) and what to do if you fail to kill yourself with whisky on the pills and on waking up decide that life isn't that bad after all (go to hospital immediately or you'll eventually succeed).
All in all, while pondering both sides of the optimum therapeutic dose, it's worth remembering that even water can be fatal
when taken in excess.