07/04/2015 03:06 EDT | Updated 07/04/2016 05:59 EDT


TORONTO - Health Canada is contemplating new guidelines for acetaminophen, a medicine cabinet staple that many assume is safe but is actually the leading cause of serious liver injuries in Canada.

The department is reviewing the maximum recommended daily dose of acetaminophen. It is also looking at extra strength and extended release formulations, a Health Canada official said Thursday in an interview.