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There is a new warning from the Federal and Drug Administration over prescription drugs with acetaminophen.  The FDA now reports prescription drugs with more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen could cause liver damage.  The agency also says there is nothing that indicates that the benefits of taking more than 325 milligrams outweighs the risks for liver injury.

Acetaminophen is often used in combination with pain killers ..like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and codeine.  It is so common, more than 600 over-the-counter medicines contain the drug.  The warning does not apply to over-the-counter drugs such as Tylenol.  Tylenol contains acetaminophen.  However, the FDA says it plans on addressing over-the-counter acetaminophen products in another regulatory action.

"Many consumers are often unaware that many products (both prescription and OTC) contain acetaminophen, making it easy to accidentally take too much," the FDA said.

The agency plans to start withdrawing approval of prescription combination drugs with high amounts of acetaminophen per dose.

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