FDA wants warnings on bottles of Acetaminophen

August 2, 2013 2:05:44 PM PDT
The Food and Drug Administration will now require a warning on bottles of the popular pain reliever Acetaminophen -- saying the drug may cause serious skin reactions in some people.

Acetaminophen is found in numerous prescription and over-the-counter products designed to treat pain and reduce fever.

According to the FDA, the skin reactions are rare but can be deadly. Symptoms include blisters, serious rashes, reddening of the skin and even layers of skin falling off.

Other drugs designed to treat fever and pain, such as ibuprofen and naproxen, also carry the risk of these skin reactions, but they already carry a warning on their labels.