Acetaminophen Linked to Fatal Skin Conditions
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a press release stating that it is requiring more than 600 prescription drugs update their labels after finding that their active ingredient, acetaminophen, is linked to serious skin conditions that may result in death.
The administration is working to do the same with over the counter drugs that contain the ingredient, such as Johnson and Johnson’s Tylenol.
What Drugs Use Acetaminophen?
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- Antifungal Medications
- Tuberculosis Medications
- Birth Control Pills
- Blood Pressure Medications
- Cancer Medications
- Cholesterol Medications: Lipitor, Niaspan, Zocor, Vytorin
- Gout and Arthritis Drugs
- HIV/AIDS Medications
- NSAID: Advil, Aleve, Arthrotec, Cataflam, Celebrex, Indocin, Motrin, Naprosyn, Treximet, Voltaren
- Seizure Medications
Acetaminophen Fatal Skin Conditions
“It is extremely important that people recognize and react quickly to the initial symptoms of these rare but serious side effects which are potentially fatal.” – Sharon Hertz, FDA Division of Anesthesia, Analgesia and Addiction as published by Bloomberg
Acetaminophen is linked to three serious skin conditions which may lead to hospitalization or death: Steve-Johnson Syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis and acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis.
Consumers should look out for symptoms including serious reddening of the skin, rash, blisters and detachment of the upper surface of skin. If a consumer experiences any of these symptoms while using a drug with acetaminophen, the FDA recommends ending use of the drug and reporting to their healthcare provider.
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