Tylenol Side Effects

Tylenol side effects have been possibly shown to cause liver damage, potentially leading to liver failure in cases of Tylenol overdose and normal usage.  If you have experienced liver damage due to Tylenol usage, consult a Tylenol attorney about joining a class action or filing a Tylenol lawsuit

According to recent FDA warnings and Tylenol side effect studies, patients taking the pain-reliever Tylenol may suffer serious side effects including unintentional overdose, which can lead to life-threatening liver failure. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is an over-the-counter medication commonly used to reduce fever, relieve pain and minimize flu, allergy, cough and cold symptoms. The North American brand name Tylenol is owned by pharmaceutical company McNeil Consumer Health, which is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. McNeil Laboratories introduced Tylenol Elixir for children in 1955 and, although it was initially only intended for children, it quickly became one of the best-selling pain relieving drugs in North America for adults and children alike. Despite the popularity of Tylenol however, recent Tylenol side effect information has raised concerns about the potential connection between Tylenol and overdose and liver failure side effects. If you have taken the pain-reliever Tylenol and have since suffered an overdose or liver failure side effect, contact an experienced Tylenol attorney to discuss your legal options.

Overdose Side Effects

While chronically taking large doses of Tylenol can lead to a Tylenol overdose, this side effect can also occur as a result of a one-time unintentional overdose. Common symptoms of a Tylenol overdose include sweating, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, appetite loss and irritability. Although the early symptoms of Tylenol overdose may dissipate after 24 to 72 hours, liver damage will begin to occur, which can lead to life-threatening liver failure side effects. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is metabolized in the liver, which results in a by-product that can damage the liver. In most cases, this by-product is converted into a harmless substance by a certain antioxidant in the body. Large doses of Tylenol however, can overwhelm the body's supply of this antioxidant, potentially resulting in irreparable damage to liver cells.

Liver Failure Side Effects

Liver failure occurs when large portions of the liver become damaged beyond repair, preventing the liver from functioning properly. Acute liver failure occurs rapidly, sometimes within 48 hours, and is associated with acetaminophen (Tylenol) overdose. Early symptoms of liver failure are often nondescript, like nausea, diarrhea and fatigue, and may be incorrectly attributed to other conditions. As liver failure progresses, the patient may exhibit symptoms like jaundice, swollen abdomen and bleeding easily.

FDA Warnings for Tylenol Side Effects

Research has indicated that even healthy people taking recommended doses of Tylenol may suffer from Tylenol overdose and liver failure side effects. In fact, according to a 2006 Tylenol side effect study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, healthy adults taking a maximum dose 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 these reports. In 2009, the FDA finally issued a report recommending stronger warnings and dose limits on acetaminophen-containing drugs like Tylenol, due to an increased risk of liver failure resulting from an acetaminophen overdose.

Tylenol Attorneys for Side Effect Lawsuits

Tylenol overdose and liver failure side effects are extremely dangerous and may even lead to death. If you or a loved one has suffered from a side effect which you believe to be linked to Tylenol, contact a Tylenol attorney to discuss the benefits of filing a Tylenol lawsuit against McNeil Consumer Health (Johnson & Johnson). The main goal of potential Tylenol lawsuits is to help injured victims seek financial compensation for their injuries, the medical expenses resulting from injury treatment, and the pain and suffering endured by victims and their families. You are not at fault for any side effects caused by a dangerous pharmaceutical drug. Drug companies like McNeil are responsible for the safety and effectiveness of their medications, and should be held accountable for any adverse side effects sustained by consumers of their products. With the help of a qualified Tylenol lawyer, victims of alleged Tylenol side effects can protect their rights and bring public attention to the potentially harmful nature of the popular pharmaceutical drug, Tylenol.

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