Tylenol side effects may include liver damage and could potentially pose harm to Tylenol users.  If you have experienced acute liver damage while taking Tylenol, contact a Tylenol attorney to discuss the possibility of Tylenol lawsuits.

Studies have indicated that the popular and widely-used pain reliever Tylenol may be associated with severe side effects, including irreversible liver damage and overdosing. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is a North American brand of drugs marketed to consumers to relieve pain, reduce fever and relieve the symptoms of allergies, cough, cold and flu. The brand name Tylenol is owned by McNeil Consumer Healthcare, which is a subsidiary of pharmaceutical giant, Johnson & Johnson. In 1955, McNeil Laboratories introduced Tylenol Elixir for children, which was originally marketed for children but quickly became one of the top drugs for relieving pain among children and adults alike in North America.

There are a number of Tylenol varieties available today, including extra-strength, longer-lasting, children's doses, and sleep aiding forms. Tylenol is one of the best-selling pain relievers available, controlling about 35% of the pain killer market in North America. In light of information about the life-threatening side effects potentially linked to Tylenol, consumers are advised to consider the possible risks of Tylenol before taking the drug to relieve pain, reduce fever, or minimize other symptoms. If you or a loved one has suffered liver damage or overdosed on Tylenol, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact a Tylenol attorney to discuss your legal options.

Tylenol Liver Damage and Overdose Side Effects

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) causes three times as many cases of liver failure as all other drugs combined, and is the most common cause of acute liver failure in the United States, accounting for 39% of all instances. While liver failure is caused by Tylenol overdosing, even recommended doses of the pain reliever, especially when combined with even small amounts of alcohol, have caused irreversible liver failure. Acetaminophen is metabolized in the liver, resulting in a by-product that can damage the liver, but is typically converted into a harmless substance by a certain antioxidant. Large doses of acetaminophen, however, overwhelms the body's supply of this antioxidant, resulting in irreparable damage to liver cells.

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2006, even healthy people taking Tylenol as recommended may suffer serious side effects. According to researchers, healthy adults taking maximum doses of Tylenol for two weeks had abnormal liver test results. According to the FDA, cases of acute liver failure reported to the agency's Adverse Events Reporting System have increased from 89 in 1995 to 404 in 2005, and acetaminophen (Tylenol) is the drug most commonly implicated in such reports. The FDA is working to reduce drug-induced liver damage with an initiative targeting the use of acetaminophen, the most common cause of such adverse Tylenol side effects.

FDA Warnings and Tylenol Recalls

In 1982, one of the first major recalls in American history involved the deaths of seven individuals who died after ingesting Extra Strength Tylenol which had been intentionally contaminated with cyanide. Within one week, McNeil (Johnson & Johnson) pulled 31 million bottles of tablets from shelves and all Tylenol capsules were discontinued. This "Tylenol scare" led to the use of tamper-proof, triple-sealed safety containers and ultimately cost the manufacturing company more than $100 million. In 2009, the FDA 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 significant evidence that liver toxicity caused by acetaminophen (Tylenol) use may result from lack of consumer awareness that acetaminophen can cause liver injury. As a result, the FDA issued a regulation that strengthened labeling for over-the-counter products containing acetaminophen, including Tylenol.

In January 2010, Johnson & Johnson announced a voluntary recall of several hundred batches of popular medications, including Tylenol, due to consumer complaints about a musty smell, which was believed to be associated with a chemical contamination. In April of the same year, another Tylenol recall was issued due to unsanitary conditions reported by FDA inspectors at a Pennsylvania Tylenol facility. The recall involved Children's Tylenol, and the FDA later discovered that the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia was present at the Johnson & Johnson plant.

Tylenol Attorneys for Side Effects

Tylenol is one of the most popular pain relievers on the market in North America, more popular than medications containing aspirin or ibuprofen. In fact, each week, one in five U.S. adults uses Tylenol for pain or fever, according to a 2002 survey. If you or a loved one has suffered from symptoms indicative of liver damage or overdose, which you believe to be associated with the use of Tylenol, contact an experienced Tylenol attorney to discuss your options for legal recourse. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries, the medical costs associated with treating your injuries, and the pain and suffering endured by you and your family, which you can collect by filing a Tylenol lawsuit against McNeil Consumer Health (Johnson & Johnson) with the aid of a Tylenol lawyer. The main goal of potential Tylenol lawsuits is to help victims of possible Tylenol side effects protect their rights and stand up to the drug company allegedly liable for their injuries.

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