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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Panel Recommends Ban on 2 Popular Painkillers

Now wait a minute. Because people build up a tolerance to opiates, we should ban the Percocet and Vicodin because the acetaminophen in them is the dangerous part? Apparently opiates are fine.

A federal advisory panel voted narrowly on Tuesday to recommend a ban on Percocet and Vicodin, two of the most popular prescription painkillers in the world, because of their effects on the liver.

The two drugs combine a narcotic with acetaminophen, the ingredient found in popular over-the-counter products like Tylenol and Excedrin. High doses of acetaminophen are a leading cause of liver damage, and the panel noted that patients who take Percocet and Vicodin for long periods often need higher and higher doses to achieve the same effect.

And then they also suggested lowering the strength of Tylenol per pill in the standard over the counter offering.

the committee voted 24 to 13 to recommend that the F.D.A. reduce the highest allowed dose of acetaminophen in over-the-counter pills like Tylenol to 325 milligrams, from 500.

Do you  think that people who already engage in risky high dosage behavior are going to discontinue this behavior? No, the warnings are there to help people who pay attention. Anyone who neglects the instructions today is still going to neglect the instructions tomorrow.

It does say clearly on the bottle

Do not take more than 8 tablets, caplets, gelcaps or tablespoons in 24 hours.

You are ingesting a chemical designed to alter you body chemistry. RTFM!

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