On several occasions, the FDA has asked its expert advisory
committees for advice about acetaminophen, which is used to treat pain
and fever. Based on this advice and extensive review of the available
scientific evidence, the FDA continues to believe that acetaminophen’s
benefits outweigh its risks. With that said, however, no medicine is
without any risk, and that includes acetaminophen.
Hundreds of over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medicines contain
acetaminophen. Many people taking these products may not be aware they
contain this active ingredient. Taking too much acetaminophen can damage
your liver. So it’s important to check your products, both OTC and
prescription, before taking to see if they contain acetaminophen and to
make sure you know how to take safely.