Health Canada has released updated labelling standards for over-the-counter products containing acetaminophen to try to reduce the risk of liver damage.
The department says the changes will include clearer instructions on packages that encourage using the lowest possible dose, not exceeding the recommended daily amount of 4,000 mg for adults and not using products for more than five days for pain or three days for a fever.
The announcement follows a Health Canada safety review on acetaminophen in 2015.
Label changes are set to apply immediately for companies seeking to introduce new products on the Canadian market.
The department says companies that already have products on the market are expected to update labels within 18 months.
Acetaminophen is commonly used in a wide range of non-prescription and prescription drugs, including opioid painkillers.
(The Canadian Press)