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Side effects of Tylenol, the popular and widely used pain killer, may increase the risk of serious liver damage and liver failure, potentially resulting in the need for a liver transplant.

TYLENOL LAWSUIT STATUS: Product liability lawyers are pursuing potential Tylenol lawsuits for individuals throughout the United States who have been diagnosed with liver problems due to side effects of acetaminophen, the active ingredient in the pain medication. In February 2017 a proposed Tylenol settlement was announced, but the details have not been released.


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.

According to the FDA, Tylenol and acetaminophen are a leading cause of liver failure in the United States, resulting in an estimated 450 deaths each year, with more than 50,000 emergency room visits caused by acetaminophen overdose, and 25,000 hospitalizations.

A growing number of lawsuits have been filed on behalf of individuals who allege that Johnson & Johnson and their McNeil unit failed to adequately warn about the risks associated with Tylenol overdose or provide proper information about the importance of seeking immediate medical attention if symptoms of liver failure on Tylenol surface, such as:

  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • Abdomen pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Problems concentrating
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Excessive sleepiness

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 FAILURE LITIGATION: As more and more cases were filed in U.S. District Courts throughout the country, a panel of federal judges established a Tylenol MDL (Multidistrict Ligitation) in April 2013. As a result, all Tylenol cases filed throughout the federal court system are been transferred to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for coordinated handling before U.S. District Judge Lawrence F. Stengel.

The centralization is designed to reduce duplicative discovery, avoid conflicting rulings from different judges and to serve the convenience of the parties, witnesses and the courts. While a Tylenol MDL, or multidistrict litigation, is similar to how a Tylenol class action lawsuit would be handled, each case remains an individual lawsuit. It is expected that the number of cases may eventually reach into the thousands.

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.

TYLENOL STEVENS-JOHNSON SYNDROME SIDE EFFECTS: In addition to lawsuits over the Tylenol liver injury risk, potential cases are also being reviewed for individuals who have developed serious skin reactions after using the medication, including Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidural Necrolysis (TENS).

In August 2013, the FDA issued a warning that indicated Tylenol may cause rare and deadly skin disorders, indicating that dozens of adverse event reports have been received, including many serious issues that resulted in hospitalization or death.

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is a serious and life-threatening reaction caused by several different medications, which involves burns to the skin that develop from the inside out, producing blisters, severe rashes, and potentially causing the skin to separate from the body. When the skin lesions affect more than 30% of the body, the condition is typically referred to as Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN).

Treatment for SJS and TEN usually require inpatient care at a hospital Burn Unit, and it can result in permanent blindness, organ failure and other serious problems.

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  1. Rcallese Reply

    In 2005 had an injury due 2 new bifocals . Felt lousy took good old Tylenol for 3 or 4 days … Woke up in hospital learned I had not one but 2 liver transplants! It was a year later. Yes , I am grateful to my organ donors.. God bless u and your families. As for the FDA and Johnson & Johnson manufacturers I hope u all get a uncuttable disease n suffer slowly b fore u die. Tylenol was suppose 2 make me better… instead I can’t afford anti- rejection meds that make me shake like I have symptoms of toureetes syndrome , diabetes and debts n iillnesses to mention wish I knew about these lawsuits sooner u have ruined my life there should b no statue of limitations when it is a health product issue! I have 2 suffer til the end of my days! Limitations what about mine?

  2. Robert Reply

    I had Hepatitis B when I was 14-15. I have had many injurys since and have had more than a few surgeries. I have been on pain meds. now for 6 years. This year I have had to surgeries 4/10/11 and 1/3/12. Never a problem till the last as of today I am having continues nausea,problems with coordination, even the nausea meds do not help at times. Wonder if I am a canadate for this suit?

  3. laura Reply

    i had taken the bad batch of tylenol , i had severe stomach pain , and nausua , saw a dr , he said i would be fine , my symptoms persisted, 6 months later , i had to have surgery, i had a perforated ulcer, I feel the i was very sick because of that bad batch of tylenol , i had taken caused all my stomach problems, at the time of taken the bad batch of tylenol, i called johnson and johnson, i got no reply back , on the information i provided them about my stomach pains at the time.

  4. stacy Reply

    My son passed away at 17 days old, in 2009 from liver failure, due to the right dose given to him, on the Tylenol box. He had hirshsprungs. He was given the dose at home, so I could change his clostomy bag. He passed away 48 hours.later, at Primary Children’s hospital.

  5. lucky nichols Reply

    To the entire panel. Eventhough it doesn’t change anything, I feel your pain. My heart goes out to all of all. The loss of your health or loved one is a hard cross to bear. God Bless and Good Luck

  6. lucky nichls Reply

    If we ever needed free health care and meds, we most certainly do now. The laws that these pharmacutical companies are governed by do don’t hold them accountable in a lot of cases. Why concern yourselves with the after effect if you are making big bucks. They are not liable for poor health, loss of income, homes, mental stability or even death. I have listed just a few. There only concern is the bottom line. Money!! You must start to wonder if you are getting what the prescription bottle says. Maybe, maybe not. Somebody is getting paid, you can bet its not you or me or all of the others who have suffered are suffering. Its a lot of greasy palms out there. Follow the money trail. Justice for all? Hardly.

  7. Jose Reply

    I was prescribed tylenol/codiene for 2 months and my blood results after a month or two showed hepatocellular injury and my doctor never told me what that means. Again, I was prescribed the same tylenol w/ codeine because of my joint pain and liver function test results showed high or abnormally elevated. What I’m concerned, my doctor never say anything about the abnormality.

  8. Theresa Reply

    I recently lost my Mother due to Tylenol she suffered Complete liver failure and passed on Labor Day 2012. She was not a drinker we were told her liver shut down because of Tylenol because of an injury she suffered and two knee replacements. The doctors pushed pain meds that contained Tylenol in them on her and she never recovered! She didn’t abuse the pain meds she took them as told but the Tylenol took its toll and before we knew it there was nothing they could do to save her life! I watched her suffer and her body go into early rigamortis before she died, she died in severe pain and agony. Tylenol should be banned to save people from ever suffering or watching someone you love suffer from such agony!!!!!

  9. Tommy Reply

    I took Tylenol 3 for about 4 years.One 800 mg tab,3 times a day.I was told I had liver function problems. Extreme sleepness.some dis orientation and memory problems. Pain in the lower left bottom ribcage area.

  10. Tim Reply

    TO: Tommy. There is no such thing as 800 mg tabs of Tylenol 3.

    In the United States, Tylenol 3 consists of Acetaminophen 300 mg with Codeine Phosphate 30 mg.

  11. pam Reply

    Back in2010i spent 10 days in hospital with liver problems… I was yellow and sick after many test andbeing more scared then ever before I was told it was due to tylenol

  12. Justin Reply

    I took Tylenol for one month. My liver failed….then I died.

  13. Angela Reply

    My husband was taking Tylenol for back pain,in 2011 he started to feel unwell,that went on for a few days, he then passed out at work,one of the customers took him to hospital,within 3 days he was in a coma, they said that there was nothing they could do, we didn’t have insurance for a transplant, if one was available, but not an optio , he was on life support, passed away a week later, he was 57.

  14. Delma Reply

    ER hospital for a fluctuation in blood test sent by reg dr: ER both arms Blood IV torture, in days swelling, weak, vomiting, inability to swollen slight fluid, no nourishment, other negligence of hospital: treat one like a can of paint shaking it til it burst: sleep deprivation, delusional, couldn’t eat; lost all awareness: day after discharge family saw why hospital staff(barely speaking English” always declared “YOU CAN LEAVE NOW” Home: thankful- happy smiling: our loved one took his last breath we realized he was emaciated 200 lb 6’3′ to 127! TORTURED to DEATH.l Got Med Records ER Jihadist ORDERED Acetaminophen Not ONE PERSON mentioned it YET RED BAND on WRITE ALLERGY to Acetaminophen

  15. davis Reply

    Five years ago I was admitted to the hospital with abdominal pain and fever, and was diagnosed with Hepatitis B. I was discharged after 2 weeks, I was on Hepsera for few months. But the mild pains still persist on the right side of my abdomen. Two years ago, I learnt about a successful Hepatitis B Virus treatment from Herbal Health Point (ww w. herbalhealthpoint. c om), I was on the treatment for over 7 months and tested negative to the virus after I completed the treatment. Its almost unbelievable how effective the treatment was alleviating the virus. I completed the treatment two years ago and still negative!

  16. Charles Reply

    I was prescribed 325mg of Tylenol 6x a day and took it as prescribed for approximately 4 yrs. I went into liver failure. I was urinating pure blood and was told i now have cirrhosis and now suffer from extreme pain in my right side.I was admitted into intensive care for 3 weeks . Approximately 6 months later i had severe pain in my back and was again admitted to the hospital because all the dead cells from my liver were clogging my kidneys.

  17. Juanita Reply

    Are there still Lawsuits against Tylenol for liver damage?

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