Jul. 5th, 2009

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From SlashDot
"The FDA has determined that Tylenol enhancing pain killers are dangerous enough to potentially be pulled from the market. Drugs including Vicodin, Hydrocodone, Lortab, Maxidone, Norco, Zydone, Tylenol with codeine, Percocet, Endocet, and Darvocet may be permanently banned from the US market, even if the patient has a prescription from a doctor. The problem is the key ingredient — acetaminophen — can easily damage or destroy a patient's liver if more than 2000 mg are used per day. In many cases that means if you take a pain killer and then take two extra strength Tylenol, you may have gone over the maximum dosage per day."

Yet again, some people are idiots so the rest of us have to suffer (this time, quite literally). I don't remember where I heard this example, but it's like banning steak because babies can't chew it and therefore might choke. If you use common sense and read the label and, you know, count how many mg you're taking, you won't have a problem.

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