If there are no regular strength pain relievers on the shelf – 325 mg of acetaminophen (Tylenol) – is a 500 mg tablet really extra strength?
What’s really important is that acetaminophen is dangerous in amounts that people are liable to take. It’s dangerous to the liver. An overdose could be fatal.
The directions for the package I just bought are to take 2 tablets every 6 hours while symptoms last. Some people might be inclined to take 8 tablets a day. But, “do not take more than 6 tablets in 24 hours.”
So, pharmaceutical companies encourage us to buy a product that is not safe unless you read the the fine print.
Another reason for disdaining Big Pharma.
A caveat: I live in a town where most people are seniors – arthritis city. Maybe there’s little demand for regular strength pain relief. Thank G-d that I don’t have joint pain.