8/5/2013

The FDA is warning consumers that acetaminophen, a widely used painkiller, can cause serious skin conditions including Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis and acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis. The agency said that a warning about these possible side effects will be added to the labels of acetaminophen-containing drugs. This new information is not intended to scare patients or providers but "it is extremely important that people recognize and react quickly to the initial symptoms of these rare, but serious, side effects, which are potentially fatal," said Sharon Hertz, deputy director of the FDA's Division of Anesthesia, Analgesia and Addiction.

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