Giving acetaminophen to young children is not as straightforward as parents might think, or hope. So on Tuesday and Wednesday, federal officials will weigh whether to add new dosing information to Tylenol and other over-the-counter acetaminophen medications.
The Food and Drug Administration committees will consider instructions for children under age 2 as well asinstructions based on weight, in addition to age, for children ages 2 to 12.
Currently, instructions on acetaminophen packages say to consult a doctor for children under 2. But that advice might not match reality, according to an FDA background package on the meeting:
“Despite the fact that over-the-counter (OTC) preparations containing acetaminophen are not labeled with directions for use in children less than 2 years of age, there is evidence to suggest that single-ingredient acetaminophen is the most common OTC medication used in patients in the United States from birth through 23 months.”
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