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New FDA Acetaminophen Warning & how N-acetyl cysteine can protect you

Posted by Jane Jansen on

Acetaminophen toxicity is nothing new. As early as 1977 FDA advisers recommended adding more warnings to the acetaminophen label about liver damage, but the agency didn't require the language until 2009. Fortunately there is a natural supplement called N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) which can help protect you from liver damage and improve liver function. Amazingly, even Conventional medicine utilizes NAC for acetaminophen toxicity!

The FDA is now warning patients to pay attention to how much acetaminophen they are taking and reminds them that the chemical may be in more drugs than they think. According to the CDC overdoses from acetaminophen send 55,000 to 80,000 people to the emergency room in the United States each year and kill at least 500.

Acetaminophen can be found in more than 600 common over-the-counter products including brand names like Tylenol, Nyquil, Excedrin, and Sudafed. The FDA is also asking doctors to stop prescribing "combination drugs" that have more than 325mg of acetaminophen per dose. These include oxycodone (Percocet), hydrococone (Vicodin) and codeine (Tylenol with codeine).

N-acetyl cysteine to the rescue! It works by helping the body synthesize glutathione, an antioxidant which detoxes and protects the liver from the adverse effects of many toxic chemicals, including acetaminophen poisoning!Because of the benign nature of NAC many doctors suggest oral NAC should be taken when high levels of acetaminophen ingestion is suspected. Guidelines from the American College of Emergency Physicians recommend the use of intravenous NAC to treat acute acetaminophen overdose in patients with either possible or probable risk for hepatotoxicity

In our practice we use NAC Detox Regulators by Doctor’s Best for liver detoxification. NAC can also be used for many other health concerns, including chronic bronchitis, blepharitis and kidney problems. It can even be beneficial for brittle nails and growth! Caution: do not use prescriptions nitroglycerine or insulin.

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