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Advisory Panel Votes to Ask FDA to Ban Percocet and Vicodin

Is this a joke? Apparently not. A federal advisory panel is asking the FDA to ban Percocet and Vicodin because they contain acetaminophen.

A federal advisory panel voted narrowly on Tuesday to recommend a ban on Percocet and Vicodin, two of the most popular prescription painkillers in the world, because of their effects on the liver. "In 2005, American consumers bought 28 billion doses of products containing the ingredient." According to the panel,

The two drugs combine a narcotic with acetaminophen, the ingredient found in popular over-the-counter products like Tylenol and Excedrin. High doses of acetaminophen are a leading cause of liver damage, and the panel noted that patients who take Percocet and Vicodin for long periods often need higher and higher doses to achieve the same effect.

First, questions. Does this apply to Perocdan as well? Percodan has aspirin and Percocet has acetaminophen. Is aspirin ok? I thought doctors liked to give out Perocet vs. Percodan because they said Percoet, with acetaminophen, was easier on the stomach lining.


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