One of the most popular pain relievers in the United States, Tylenol (acetaminophen), has been associated with an increased risk of liver failure in patients. Even more alarming, experts have indicated that acetaminophen overdose possibly resulting in liver failure can occur after taking Tylenol for only four days. This means that the millions of consumers who take Tylenol across the country may be putting themselves at risk every day for Tylenol overdose and acute liver failure, which can occur in as little as 48 hours. Unfortunately, even though evidence of this side effect risk has been documented since the 1990s, the FDA didn't take action against Johnson & Johnson until just this year. If you took Tylenol and have since experienced a life-threatening side effect like liver failure, contact a Tylenol attorney to discuss the benefits of filing a Tylenol liver failure lawsuit against drug maker Johnson & Johnson.
In light of the potential for Tylenol use to result in acetaminophen overdose and acute liver failure, the FDA issued an announcement in January 2011 advising manufacturers of acetaminophen products to limit the maximum amount of acetaminophen in their products to 325 mg per tablet or capsule. Just six months later, the FDA took further action against Johnson & Johnson in particular, requiring the drug firm to reduce the maximum daily recommended dose of Tylenol from 4,000 mg to 3,000 mg. The agency made this decision in hopes that it would help reduce the risk of liver injury caused by unintentional Tylenol overdose in the United States. Unfortunately, acetaminophen side effect studies have indicated that even healthy adults taking Tylenol as recommended may be at risk of suffering from major liver failure side effects.
The serious danger surrounding Tylenol is that, because it is so widely used and is available without a prescription, many consumers assume that it is a safe medication without any side effects. However, from 1998 to 2003, acetaminophen (Tylenol) was the leading cause of acute liver failure in the United States, with 48% of acetaminophen-related cases resulting from acetaminophen overdose. According to national estimates, there were about 56,000 trips to the emergency room, 26,000 hospitalizations, and 458 deaths attributed to acetaminophen-related overdoses per year between 1990 and 1998. Unintentional acetaminophen overdose is often difficult to diagnose because the initial symptoms resemble those of minor conditions, like the flu. Unfortunately, as these symptoms subside, liver damage will occur, which is accompanied by severe and potentially life-threatening side effects.
According to the FDA, there is significant evidence suggesting that liver failure caused by Tylenol use may result from a lack of consumer awareness regarding the link between acetaminophen overdose and severe liver damage. If you or a loved one has suffered from a serious side effect and you believe Tylenol to be the cause, you may have grounds to file a Tylenol lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson. Contact an experienced Tylenol lawyer today to discuss your potential entitlement to financial compensation for your injuries, the medical cost of treating your injuries, and the pain and suffering incurred by you and your family. You are not at fault for any injuries caused by a dangerous pharmaceutical drug. With the help of a Tylenol lawsuit, you can protect your legal rights and collect the compensation you deserve.