It was only recently that some of the dire consequences of taking overdoses of OTC drugs were examined by the FDA. In particular, acetaminophen which is found in such over the counter medicines as Tylenol and Vicodin, has been found to cause liver damage, liver failure and even death in high amounts.
The FDA has found through extensive research that 325 mg is the highest amount in dosage that the human body can tolerate. But many over-the-counter analgesics have potencies way more than this limit.
Now the FDA is starting to get tough on this class of drugs. That is because despite the warning, many drug companies are still flouting the rules. Many of these drugs cause the skin to breakout in a rash which is deadly.
They have some very unpleasant side effects. One method of limiting the access to these dangerous medicines is to make them available to the public only viaprescription.
So the next time you have a fever or are in pain, read the label on the pills you buy from the local druggist. They may contain an oversupply of certain ingredients and you may end up getting more than you bargained for.
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