Change in Tylenol Dosing Measurement

Starting this summer, Tylenol will now have standardized dosing for their Infants' & Children's products. In 2009, the FDA made several safety recommendations, including changing the concentration of Tylenol so that it is unform regardless of the age of the child. That's precisely what they've done. As a result, the measuring devices will also change. The current concentrated Infant's Tylenol will cease to be manufactured.

The idea behind this standard concentration is to decrease the risk of overdosing a child. In this case, safety and standardization go hand in hand. An overdose of Tylenol can result in liver damage and/or death. This change is particularly helpful if you have children of various ages in your home. When exhausted in the care of your sick child, you will no longer risk choosing the wrong bottle (i.e. the wrong concentration) in the store or at home. Hence, your child is less likely to be overdosed or even underdosed.

This will have an impact if/when you choose to give your child Tylenol. It also will have an impact when you ask your child's Pediatrician for dosing questions. Why? Because both past & new formulations will be available in the market at the same time. So, your child's doctor will need to know the concentration of the specific bottle you have at home in order to tell you what dosage of Tylenol is appropriate for your child. In reality it won't be a big deal. But it is best to be prepared, as there is likely to be some confusion until all of the old formulations are truly a thing of the past.

On May 4, 2011, The Consumer Healthcare Produscts Association announced that other manufacturers of Acetaminophen (generic Tylenol) will also change their formulations so that their concentrations will also standardized to 160 mg/5 ml.

For more information regarding the change in Tylenol concentration and measurement, please go to http://www.chpa-info.org/


Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec, Benadryl Recall

As of Friday, April 30, 2010, McNeil Pharmaceuticals issued a voluntary recall on brand name Tylenol (infants' & children's), Tylenol Plus, Motrin (infants' & children's), Zyrtec (children's), and Benadryl (children's - bubble gum flavor).

In a quality review, the company found several possible problems.  Some of the medications had higher concentration of the active ingredients than listed, some had problems with the inactive ingredients, & others  were contaminated with particles.  To date, there has been no documented harm to any child.  McNeil is not sure when they will manufacture more. 

So what does this mean for you and your children?  If you have any of the affected medications in your home, throw them away. 

In order to know if you have one of the recalled products, you will need to find the NDC number located on the bottle. In general, the NDC number is in small print on the top part of the bottle's label, above the product's name.  For a complete list with pictures of the products recalled, go to http://www.mcneilproductrecall.com/page.jhtml?id=/include/mpr_ndc_finder.inc

You can call the company at (888) 222-6036 or read more at http://www.mcneilproductrecall.com/ for any further questions. You can go to the website to ask for a refund. You will need to enter some information including the NDC number.

You may still use the generic version of these products.  These have not been shown to have any problems.

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