What pill is white oblong and has m2a4 57344 on it and what dose it do?

Not Medical Advice: The white pill with M2A4 57344 imprint has been identified as Acetaminophen 500 mg.

Acetaminophen is a pain reliever and a fever reducer, it belongs to the drug class miscellaneous analgesics.

Acetaminophen is a generic for Tylenol, an analgesic (pain relievers) and antipyretic (fever reducer). It is used in the treatment of pain associated with many conditions such as headache, muscle aches, arthritis, backache, toothaches, colds, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, fevers and more.

If used appropriately, side effects with acetaminophen are not common. The most serious side effect is liver damage due to large doses.

Check out some tips for living with chronic pain at WebMD.

In the news, tough new restrictions on the powerful, highly addictive hydrocodone combination painkillers, such as Vicodin, will take effect in mid-October as the federal government elevates the opioid drug to Schedule II under the Controlled Substances Act.

The move from Schedule III to Schedule II follows years of requests from the Drug Enforcement Administration, which argued that the drug was overprescribed, creating drug addictions and too often diverted to the black market. The move required approval from the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services and a year's long hearings and comments process. Read more at USA Today.

Updated on Monday, September 15 2014 at 04:09AM EDT
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