An FDA working group has recommended changes to acetaminophen dosing, to reduce the risk of accidental liver injury. Some of these include reducing the recommended maximum dose to 650mg, reducing the maximum daily dose to 3250mg (and lower for those who drink 3 or more alcoholic beverages a day), as well as eliminating the use of combination products. An FDA advisory committee is scheduled to meet in late June to review these changes, so stay tuned (FDA report).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.