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Maximum daily Tylenol dosage lowered by manufacturer

This file photo made June 30, 2009, shows Tylenol Extra Strength in Palo Alto, Calif. (Paul Sakuma)

July 28, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Johnson & Johnson, the company that manufactures Tylenol, is reducing the maximum daily dose of its Extra Strength Tylenol in an effort to prevent accidental overdoses.

Labels on the bottles will now list the maximum daily dose as six pills, or a total of 3,000 milligrams, down from eight pills a day or 4,000 milligrams.

The company says it is trying to reduce the risk of accidental acetaminophen overdose.

Acetaminophen is the active ingredient in Tylenol and numerous over-the-counter and prescription drugs

Taking more than the recommended amount can cause liver damage, ranging from abnormalities in liver-function blood tests, to acute liver failure and even death, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.