WASHINGTON (August 29, 2013)--Bottles of Tylenol sold in the U.S. will soon come with red warnings that alert users to the potentially fatal risks of taking too much of the popular pain reliever.
The addition of the warning comes amid lawsuits and pressure from the federal government.
The drug’s maker, Johnson & Johnson, said the warning will appear on the cap of each new bottle of Extra Strength Tylenol sold in the U.S. in October and on most other Tylenol bottles in coming months.
The warning will make it clear the over-the-counter drug contains acetaminophen, a pain-relieving ingredient that's the nation's leading cause of sudden liver failure.
Overdoses from acetaminophen send 55,000 to 80,000 people to the emergency room in the U.S. each year and kill at least 500.
Tylenol first added a warning about the risk of liver damage when combining Tylenol and alcohol in 1994 and four years later one that warns against exceeded the recommended dosage.
In 2004 a specific warning about liver damage was added.