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Published: October 1st, 2011
High doses of acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol and many other painkillers and cold medicines, has been linked to an increased risk of liver damage and liver failure. Consumers who have experienced problems from Tylenol or generic acetaminophen may be entitled to compensation as a result of the drug makers’ failure to adequately warn about the risk.
TYLENOL LAWSUIT STATUS: Product liability lawyers are reviewing potential Tylenol lawsuits for individuals throughout the United States who have been diagnosed with liver damage or liver failure due to side effects of acetaminophen.
OVERVIEW: Tylenol (acetaminophen) is an analgesic pain reliever developed in 1955 by McNeil Laboratories, which is now a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.
Acetaminophen is also used in other combination painkillers such as Vicodin, Percocet and Tylenol with Codeine, as well as in a number of cold medications, including Alka-Seltzer and NyQuil.
In January 2011, the FDA announced new limits on the use of acetaminophen in prescription painkillers, and in July 2011, Johnson & Johnson announced it was dropping the recommended maximum daily dosage for Extra Strength Tylenol from 4,000 mg per day to 3,000 mg per day due to the risk of acetaminophen overdose.
TYLENOL LIVER DAMAGE: Tylenol and other acetaminophen-based drugs have been linked to an increasing number of deaths, overdoses and incidents of liver damage and liver failure, the FDA has warned. An estimated 400 people per year die and 42,000 are hospitalized from overdoses due to drugs that use acetaminophen.
Liver damage can be a serious and life-threatening condition which could lead up to liver failure and the need for a liver transplant.
Signs of liver damage or liver failure from Tylenol may include:
- Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
- Abdomen pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Problems concentrating
- Confusion or disorientation
- Excessive sleepiness
FIND OUT IF YOU MAY QUALITY FOR A TYLENOL LAWSUIT: Free consultations and claim evaluations are provided by Tylenol lawyers who are reviewing claims as a result of the drug makers’ failure to adequately warn about the risks of Tylenol. Request a free consultation and claim evaluation.