|No no no, you dope!|
Just because they give acetaminophen to babies does not mean it's a harmless painkiller. It should never be used as a cure-all, according to liver experts at University of Texas Dallas Southwestern Medical Center.
William Lee, MD, director of liver diseases there, says it's easy to lose track of the stuff when you take it for pain and it's also contained in cold medicine and other preparations.
Even if you read labels--did you know APAP is acetaminophen?
Too much of the stuff in your system over an extended period can cause liver damage, failure, even death.
More than 200 people a year die of this--and another 15,000 end up in ERs.
So here's the deal:
The average adult should take the equivalent of eight extra-strength tabs or less--3000-4000 mg a day.
For those who drink regularly or have heptatis--this goes down to 2000-3000 mg a day.
Check the Nyquil and all that stuff, too, if you take this daily for arthritis pain like I do--six a day for me.