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  1. FDA group recommends acetaminophen liver warnings

    ...Johnson & Johnson's Tylenol is the most well-known. Acetaminophen is...

    May 27, 2009 | washingtonpost.com

  2. FDA Wants Tougher Warning Labels on Some Pain Relievers

    ...take an acetaminophen product. For aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen...

    December 20, 2006 | www.washingtonpost.com

  3. Most Americans Don't Understand Acetaminophen Dangers

    ...U.S. researchers report. Acetaminophen is found in Tylenol, many...

    February 23, 2007 | www.washingtonpost.com

  4. FDA Wants Sterner Pain Reliever Warnings

    ...of the sometimes deadly risks. Aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen and...

    December 19, 2006 | www.washingtonpost.com

     

  5. Health Highlights: Jan. 1, 2009

    ...from rashes. Acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin, but aspirin...

    January 1, 2009 | www.washingtonpost.com

  6. Ethnicity Plays Role in Parents' Treatment of Childhood Fever

    ...one in 10 U.S. children uses one or more cough and cold...

    May 5, 2008 | www.washingtonpost.com

  7. Medical Mysteries: Little Girl's Sudden Illness Stumped Doctors for Days

    ...of a bad headache. She had no fever, and her mother gave her...

    washingtonpost.com

  8. Tylenol and Ibuprofen Linked to Dangerous Skin Disorder SJS

     

    “A link has been made between acetaminophen and the rare, allergic, sometimes fatal skin disorder Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS).” (1)

     

    “Acetaminophen may substantially increase the risk of SJS/TEN (Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis) in children.” (2)

     

    “Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) are two rare but life-threatening skin reactions.” (3)

    Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN) are severe allergic reactions that have been linked to both acetaminophen and ibuprofen. These reactions are rare but extremely severe and even life threatening. If these reactions are not treated immediately, they are more likely to be fatal. SJS is a disorder of the skin, mucous membranes, and organs. Untreated and severe cases can progress to TEN which often results in sepsis and death.

    Symptom recognition is the first line of defense and can prevent progression and even more severe medical conditions. “Stevens-Johnson Syndrome is characterized by a rash and blisters on the skin and mucous membranes. As it progresses, it can result in shedding of the skin, which can open up the body to serious infection. The affect on the skin occurs after a flu-like illness, during which the patient has a fever, body aches, sore throat, cough, and fever.” (1)

    Symptoms include:

    ·      A skin rash, which may have the appearance of a bull's eye type target

    ·      Painful blisters on two or more mucosal surfaces, such as a child's eyes, mouth, nose, ear, and anogenital area, which can lead to ulceration and hemorrhagic crusting

    ·      Eye redness and swelling

    ·      Flu like symptoms, including a persistent fever