Washington (AP) -- Federal health officials have proposed sterner warning labels for acetaminophen, aspirin and ibuprofen.
The Food and Drug Administration says that while the over-the-counter pain relievers remain safe when used as directed, there are potential side effects for those who use them regularly.
The FDA says overdoses of acetaminophen can cause serious liver damage, even death. For aspirin, ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, there is a risk of gastrointestinal bleeding and kidney injury even when patients take the correct dose.
The drugs are linked to thousands of deaths a year, but the FDA said the risk is rare when compared to the number of patients who take the drugs.
The drugs are found in hundreds of products sold to treat pain, headache and fever.
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