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Following the release of an FDA report last month that found severe liver damage, and even death, due to consumer’s lack of awareness that acetaminophen can cause serious injury, an FDA panel is urging that the popular prescription painkillers Vicodin and Percocet, which combine acetaminophen with an opiate narcotic, be banned. The FDA panel is also urging the lowering of the the maximum dose of over-the-counter painkillers with acetaminophen, like Tylenol or Excedrin.

The panel showed a rear concern with the potential abuse of Vicodin and Percocet but went further to caution on the OTC, over the counter, drugs as well. The panel believed that people often consume more of the recommended dose of acetaminophen mistakenly thinking that taking more will be better against pain without posing any health risks

The FDA is not obligated to follow the recommendations of its advisory panels, but it usually does.

Please be diligent with your intake of medicine, either over the counter or prescription, that contain acetaminophen. Especially in the case of children, side effects can be quite serious if over adminsitered. This should hlep remind us all that even seemingless harmless drugs that must of us keep in our medicine cabinets have potentially harmful side effects that should not be ignored.


  1. Gravatar for Glen

    i currently take vicodin for severe pain along with another pain medication. my doctor allows me to take 10mg/4 times a day. if vicodin is discontinued, what would the doctor need to assist me in staying free of or almost free of pain?

  2. Gravatar for Greg Jones

    I am sorry to here that you sufer from severe pain. To date the FDA has not taken any action to ban the drugs. I would recommend your discussing the other options for pain control with your doctor as he knows your medical and prescription history. Being a lawyer I cannot offer any treatment option or opinion. I have recently had a severe injury and resultant surgery which I am currently recovering from. I took vicodin and I have to admit it worked very well in relieving my pain. I wish you the best in your health issues.

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