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Q: How much acetaminophen is safe to use in one day?

Posted March 19, 2014 in Advice Column, Grimes

A: The FDA has released brand new guidelines to recommend that consumers take no more than 3250 mg of acetaminophen in one day. This is equal to 10 325 mg (regular strength) tablets or six 500 mg (extra strength) tablets per day. Taking more than 3,250 mg of acetaminophen in one day does not provide any additional health benefits and can damage the liver. For this reason, the FDA has decreased the amount of acetaminophen found in prescription pain relieving medications, including hydrocodone/acetaminophen (Norco, Vicodin). Hydrocodone/acetaminophen products that contain more than 325 mg of acetaminophen in one tablet are no longer being manufactured in order to limit the chances of overdosing on acetaminophen. Acetaminophen is also present in many over-the-counter products, including cough syrups and sleep aids, which can contribute to your daily intake of acetaminophen. It is important to read all labels when taking multiple medications to see if any contain acetaminophen. Your pharmacist is a great resource for questions about acetaminophen and medications that contain acetaminophen.

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