Tylenol maker Johnson & Johnson’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare announced Friday that it’s changing its dosage recommendation for their popular Extra Strength label from eight pills a day down to six (no more than 3,000 milligrams of acetaminophen daily, down from the previous 4,000 milligrams). They are expected to also lower the dosage of Regular Strength Tylenol in 2012.
So why the change? While acetaminophen is considered safe, it can cause liver damage if you abuse it and take too much. According to the company’s press release, they are lowering dosage to lower the risk of accidental overdose.
It’s already known that Tylenol can be dicey for children who suffer from asthma. A recent study out of New Zealand suggests that giving your child acetaminophen may cause allergic reactions such as asthma. This study is especially important for parents of children with pre-existing allergies or asthma because Tylenol could make the conditions worse.
The bottom line? Tylenol can be an effective pain reliever, just make sure to stick within the recommended dosage or the advice of your doctor.