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Your Health: August 30, 2013 New Tylenol warning

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    You will soon see a new warning on a popular pain reliever.
      Tylenol now plans to highlight a new warning alerting people about the potential for liver failure and even death.  
       It will state that Tylenol's active ingredient is acetaminophen, the nation's leading cause of sudden liver failure.
      The warning will be highlighted on the cap of each new bottle of Extra Strength Tylenol starting in October, and on other Tylenol bottles in coming months.
      Tylenol's maker, Johnson & Johnson hope people who may not read the small print warnings will see this acetaminophen alert.
     Acetaminophen is contained in more than 600 over-the-counter products such as cold formulas, sinus pills and other pain tablets.
      U.S. health officials estimate overdoses from acetaminophen send up to 80,000 people to emergency rooms every year and at least 500 people die from acetaminophen overdoses.

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