Liver Failure and Tylenol

Liver failure and Tylenol side effects may be linked and Tylenol attorneys are filing Tylenol lawsuits for liver failure side effects.  If you have taken Tylenol and experienced liver damage or liver failure, contact an experienced Tylenol lawyer at once.

Recent studies and warnings have suggested that the popular pain reliever Tylenol may be associated with a significant risk of dangerous side effects, including unintentional overdose, with may lead to liver failure. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is an over-the-counter medication commonly used by consumers to relieve pain, reduce fever and relieve the symptoms of allergies, flu, cold and cough. The brand name Tylenol is owned by pharmaceutical company McNeil Consumer Health, which is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. In 1955, McNeil Laboratories introduced Tylenol Elixir for children, which was initially marketed for children but quickly became one of the top pain-relieving drugs among adults and children in North America. Although Tylenol is one of the best-selling pain relievers available, accounting for 35% of the pain killer market in North America, recent information about potential Tylenol side effects has raised serious concerns about the safety of Tylenol in treating the general population. If you or a loved one has suffered from an overdose or a liver failure side effect, contact a Tylenol attorney to discuss your legal options.

Liver Failure Symptoms

Liver failure occurs when large portions of the liver become damaged beyond repair and the liver is no longer able to function properly. Liver failure most often occurs gradually over the course of several years. Acute liver failure, however, occurs rapidly (sometimes in as little as 48 hours) and is associated with acetaminophen or Tylenol overdose. Liver failure symptoms may be incorrectly attributed to other conditions, which makes the dangerous condition initially difficult to diagnose. Common symptoms of liver failure include:

  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite

As liver failure progresses, the symptoms of this condition may become more severe, requiring urgent care. More serious symptoms of liver failure include:

  • Jaundice
  • Dark urine
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Bleeding easily
  • Confusion
  • Coma

Liver Failure Treatment and Complications

Liver failure is a life-threatening condition requiring immediate medical care. If diagnosed early enough, acute liver failure caused by an overdose of acetaminophen is sometimes treatable and may even be reversible. Unfortunately, if liver failure goes undetected for too long, the liver may become damaged beyond repair. In this case, treatment will revolve around saving whatever portion of the liver is still functioning. If this is not possible, the patient may require a liver transplant.

FDA Warnings about Tylenol Liver Failure Side Effects

In the late 1990s, research began to show that acetaminophen (Tylenol) was a major cause of acute liver failure in the United States, with up to half of the cases due to unintentional overdose. In response to these concerns, the FDA began taking steps to reduce the incidence of acetaminophen-related liver injury. It wasn't until 2009 that the FDA finally issued a report recommending stronger warnings and dose limits on drugs containing acetaminophen, including Tylenol, due to an increased risk of liver failure. According to the report, there is extensive evidence that liver toxicity caused by acetaminophen (Tylenol) use may result from lack of consumer awareness that acetaminophen can cause severe liver injury. As a result of these findings, the FDA issued a final regulation that strengthened labeling for over-the-counter products containing acetaminophen, including Tylenol. These labeling requirements included specific warnings about liver injury, the potential for alcohol use to increase the risk of liver injury, and the dangers of using more than one product that contains acetaminophen.

Research has indicated that even healthy people taking Tylenol as recommended may suffer serious liver failure side effects. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, healthy adults taking maximum doses of Tylenol for two weeks had abnormal liver test results. According to the FDA's Adverse Events Reporting System, reported cases of acute liver failure have increased from 89 in 1995 to 404 in 2005, and acetaminophen (Tylenol) is the drug most commonly implicated in such reports.

Tylenol Attorneys for Liver Failure Side Effects

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is one of the most commonly used drugs in the United States for treating pain and reducing fever. In 2005, consumers purchased more than 28 billion doses of products containing acetaminophen, including Tylenol. Unfortunately, with new information about the potential liver failure side effects of Tylenol, serious concerns have been raised about the safety of Tylenol for consumers. If you or a loved one has suffered from liver failure and you believe Tylenol to be the cause, contact a Tylenol attorney to discuss your legal options. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries, medical bills, and pain and suffering, which you can collect by filing a Tylenol lawsuit against McNeil Consumer Health (Johnson & Johnson). You are not at fault for any life-threatening injuries caused by the proper use of an over-the-counter pain reliever like Tylenol. With the help of an experienced Tylenol lawyer, you can collect the compensation you deserve and protect yourself and your family from further harm.

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