Report: Too Much Tylenol Can Kill You

What's Hot


How to Cut the Cable TV Cord in 2017Family

8 Major Freebies and Discounts You Get With Amazon PrimeSave

8 Creative Ways to Clear ClutterAround The House

Study: People Who Curse Are More HonestFamily

This Free Software Brings Old Laptops Back to LifeMore

Pay $2 and Get Unlimited Wendy’s Frosty Treats in 2017Family

The 3 Golden Rules of Lending to Friends and FamilyBorrow

6 Reasons Why Savers Are Sexier Than SpendersCredit & Debt

Resolutions 2017: Save More Money Using 5 Simple TricksCredit & Debt

Porta-Potties for Presidential Inauguration Cause a StinkFamily

Protecting Trump Will Cost Taxpayers $35 MillionFamily

7 New Year’s Resolutions to Make With Your KidsFamily

5 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Pay Off 10 Years From NowCollege

10 Tasty Alcohol-Free Drinks That Adults Will LoveFamily

10 Simple Money Moves to Make Before the New YearFamily

Could Your Pet Benefit From Marijuana-Laced Treats?Family

Taking more than the recommended amount of acetaminophen can cause liver damage, and too much can be fatal, an investigation shows.

Acetaminophen — the active ingredient in Tylenol — can be deadly in large doses, an investigation by nonprofit journalism site ProPublica says.

More than 1,500 people have died in the past decade from taking too much of the pain reliever, ProPublica says. “Each year, acetaminophen overdose sends as many as 78,000 Americans to the emergency room and 150 people die from accidentally overdosing on the pain reliever ‘hospitals use most,'” it says.

The FDA’s maximum recommended daily dose of acetaminophen is 4 grams, or eight extra-strength acetaminophen tablets, ProPublica says. Adding just two more tablets per day could cause liver damage, it says. A dose four times the recommended amount is enough to kill. Relatively few people have died from the other popular pain relief drug, ibuprofen.

To help consumers gauge how much acetaminophen they’re taking, ProPublica is highlighting a few resources. It has an index of drug labels, showing which drugs contain acetaminophen and in what amounts. The site also has a chart showing the symptoms of liver poisoning from acetaminophen. Lastly, there’s the Dose-o-Meter, which helps people who take multiple drugs quickly tally the amount they take.

The FDA recommends against taking multiple drugs with acetaminophen at the same time, but people often don’t realize they’re doing it.

“For example, your risk of liver damage goes up if you take a medicine that contains acetaminophen to treat a headache, and while that medicine is still working in your body, you take another medicine that contains acetaminophen to treat a cold,” the FDA says in a Q&A about the drug.

Stacy Johnson

It's not the usual blah, blah, blah

I know... every site you visit wants you to subscribe to their newsletter. But our news and advice is actually worth reading! For 25 years, I've been making people richer without making their eyes glaze over. You'll be glad you did. I guarantee it!

💰🗣📰

Read Next: Tax Hacks 2017: Don’t Miss These 16 Often-Overlooked Tax Breaks

Check Out Our Hottest Deals!

We're always adding new deals and coupons that'll save you big bucks. See the deals to the right and hundreds more in our Deals section.

Click here to explore 1,884 more deals!