February 25, 2014
Acetaminophen is in over 600 medications, most of which are over the counter, and therefore easily injested in amounts that exceed the daily recommended dosage. Common OTC brands that contain the drug include Benedryl, Excedrin, Nyquil, Robitussin, Theraflu and Vicks.
For adults the limit is 4,000mg daily, but a total of 3,000 daily is better, and those of lower body weight should stay at the lower end of the range. Drinking alcohol causes the liver to convert more of the acetaminophen taken into toxic byproducts. When taking the drug, men should have no more than two standard drinks per day, women no more than a single drink of alcohol.
Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | www.drtupac.com 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309