The FDA recently issued a statement informing the public of rare but severe side effects that can develop after taking the drug acetaminophen; a common over the counter (OTC) pain reliever and fever reducer.
After taking acetaminophen some people can develop Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS), which is a severe and potentially life threatening skin reaction characterized by blistering and detaching of the upper surface of the skin.
Adverse reactions can occur with first-time use of acetaminophen or without warning for long-time users. If you develop any type of rash or skin issues after taking acetaminophen seek medical help right away.
The FDA will now require that a warning be added to the labels of prescription drug products containing acetaminophen to address the risk of serious skin reactions.
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