You may have read recently that a federal advisory committee voiced concern about overuse of acetaminophen which could lead to liver damage. Acetaminophen is found in many cold remedies, in Tylenol, Vicodin and Percocet. The substance is so common that it is not difficult for people to take more than the recommended daily limit of four grams. For patients suffering from dental pain, I often prescribe Tylenol, and less frequently, Vicodin. But the prescription is only for short term use because dental pain can typically be treated and is not chronic if treated. Acetaminophen is safe if taken as directed.
In our East Setauket dental office we also take a careful medical history before we prescribe any drug. Patients must also read the labels and keep track of all drugs they take.