Tougher warning labels needed on pain relievers

Last week, the FDA proposed tougher warning labels for acetaminophen, aspirin, and ibuprofen, cautioning the millions of users of potentially dangerous side effects. The over-the-counter drugs remain safe and effective when used as directed; however, misuse and overdoses can cause serious liver damage, even death.

The risks of serious side effects for these over-the-counter medications are higher in patients older than 59 years old and especially high for elderly patients. As mentioned in a previous article, adverse drug reactions alone are between the 4th and 6th leading causes of death for individuals 65 and older in the United States.

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