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Tylenol is one of the most popular painkillers in the world, yet it has been linked to a number of serious Tylenol side effects. Attorneys are investigating Tylenol overdose and Tylenol liver damage claims stemming from acetaminophen toxicity, and are subsequently filing Tylenol lawsuits.
Tylenol overdose is not uncommon. Given the popularity of Tylenol (generic name acetaminophen) —more than 8 billion pills taken every year--and the number of times Johnson and Johnson has recalled Tylenol leading to concerns about individuals taking too much acetaminophen, Tylenol overdose or Tylenol liver damage is not uncommon.
Tylenol Side Effects
As well, consumers tend to think that over-the-counter medications (OTC) such as Tylenol--particularly Children's Tylenol products--are safe. They may ignore label warnings and take too large of a dosage or take dosages too often. Or they may take multiple medications with acetaminophen as the active ingredient, which can cause acetaminophen toxicity, leading to serious Tylenol side effects, namely Tylenol liver damage.
The Mayo Clinic lists acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) as one of the major causes of acute liver failure—and the most common cause of liver failure in the US. Within days of taking a very large dose of Tylenol, acute liver failure can develop.
Tylenol Liver Damage
Tylenol overdose may overwhelm the liver's defenses and cause liver damage or even liver failure. Liver failure can be fatal; the only known cure for acute liver failure is a liver transplant.
It is estimated that acetaminophen poisoning calls exceed 100,000 per year. Studies indicate that acetaminophen overdose results in over 56,000 injuries, 2,500 hospitalizations, and an estimated 450 deaths per year. (For more information on Acetaminophen poisoning visit eMedicineHealth.)
1951: The FDA approves acetaminophen
1955: Robert McNeil Jr. markets Tylenol for children to treat fever and relieve pain
1960: McNeil Laboratories introduces prescription Tylenol Elixir as an aspirin- free analgesic for children
1997: McNeil Consumer Products Company adds new labeling to its infant Tylenol, warning that the contents are concentrated acetaminophen and that taking more than the recommended dose could cause serious health risks.
2008: J&J allegedly hires contractors to secretly recall a Tylenol product in order to remove it from store shelves. (lawsuit below)
September 2009: Children's and Infant's Tylenol recall--possibly contaminated with bacteria
November 2009: Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplets recalled—unusual odor and taste
December 2009: Second Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplet recall
January 2010: Various Tylenol, Motrin and other products recall—musty odor
March 2010: Children's Tylenol recall—labeling problem
April 2010: Children's and Infant's Tylenol products recall—quality issues
June 2010: Extra Strength Tylenol and Benadryl recall—musty odor
July 2010: Children's Tylenol, Tylenol Extra Strength, Tylenol PM, Benadryl, Motrin recall—contamination
October 2010: Tylenol 8-hour Caplets, 50-count bottles recall—musty odor
November 2010: Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Liquid recall—labeling errors
People consuming three or more servings of alcohol per day should take even less than the FDA's proposed recommended dosage: more than two servings of alcohol per day can increase the risk of liver failure from acetaminophen. People who take Tylenol in high doses, or simply use it regularly are also at risk.
People at Tylenol Risk
People with decreased liver function, kidney disease, hepatitis, malnutrition, AIDS, chronic ethanol abuse, or anorexia nervosa may be at increased risk for liver failure and death when using Tylenol. For diabetics, acetaminophen may also affect the results of blood glucose (sugar) tests.
Small doses of Tylenol's active ingredient, acetaminophen, have been associated with liver damage and even deaths in children in the US. Acetaminophen dosage errors led to 14 deaths and 74 injuries from 2000 to 2010 in children under the age of 13, according to the FDA.
While Tylenol has been on the market for 50 years, many professionals feel that the proper dosage of acetaminophen for children is still unknown and more testing and education is necessary to prevent liver damage and accidental deaths. Many people are confused by packaging directions for Children's Tylenol as they are given by age and weight. And other medications such as cold and sinus medications, which contain acetaminophen, can add to the risk of Tylenol overdose.
McNeil's Children's and Infants;Tylenol Melt aways and Soft Chews have been associated with acetaminophen overdose problems. Labeling is confusing: The design of the Melt away and Soft Chew packages include some blister voids that contain one tablet while some others contain two per void. Consumers may believe that two tablets provide a total of only 80mg when two tablets are really a total of 160mg which, when consumed by a child, can lead to Tylenol over-dosing.
In September 2009 McNeil Consumer Healthcare recalled the following products after a certain type of bacteria was discovered:
Asthma is the leading cause of chronic illness in children. It affects about 10 to 12 percent of children in the US and it is steadily increasing. Asthma can begin at any age (even in the very elderly), but most children have their first symptoms by age 5.
The exact reasons why more and more children are developing asthma are still unknown. Some experts suggest that children spend too much time indoors and are exposed to more dust, air pollution, and secondhand smoke. Some suspect that children are not exposed to enough childhood illnesses to direct the attention of their immune system to bacteria and viruses. Now, research indicates that Tylenol may be linked with an increased risk of asthma in children and adults.
Researchers found that acetaminophen users were 63 percent more likely to have asthma than nonusers. They also found the following:
Register your Tylenol ComplaintIf you or a loved one has suffered from liver failure or overdose from using Tylenol or other drugs containing acetaminophen, you may qualify for damages or remedies that may be awarded in a possible class action lawsuit. Please click the link below to submit your complaint and we will have a lawyer review your Tylenol complaint.
Last updated on Jun-17-14
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My Identical Twin of 40 years passed away from Tylenol poisoning. I haven't been the same since. I'm glad to finally see action taken on this deadly stuff-acetaminophen. Most don't know that this chemical is also found in antifreeze.
Lynn, Twin to Doris
I took Tylenol for years a few a day and over a period of time I went into a delirious state of mind and passed out if it wasn't for my husband I would be dead. My husband found me unconscious. I was in a coma for a month in an half my lifer spout down and my kidney. I have acute liver failure and Tylenol toxicity. Please stop prescribing Tylenol.
Had extreme back pain before and after surgery. Took 2-4 Tylenol extra strength every day for 20 years. Also mixed it with 4-6 alcoholic drinks per day. Liver cirrhosis was diagnosed in 2005 and eventually had a liver transplant to save my life in 2006. On immune-suppressant drugs since and developed lymphoma in April of 2013 and am undergoing chemotherapy since then which for now has put the cancer in remission. Cancer was no doubt caused by anti-rejection drugs necessary to prevent liver failure.
I was rushed to the hospital on December 23, 2011 after passing out in the mall. they kept me at the hospital from dec 23 til dec 28th and concluded I had liver damage. I had severe Abdominal pain, sweating, loss Consciousness, nausea.
I have been bloated to an excess of about 20 lbs, very tired, weak, very delirious non-existing and irregular menstrual cycles and had to live in the hospital before i was transplanted.
Declared terminally ill because of liver failure due to alcohol/tylenol use. Doctors continued its use even after its known side effects.
I collapsed in a coma with liver failure, and received an emergency liver transplant. I lost the sight in one eye as a result of brain swelling during the coma, and have mild brain damage, with the result that I can not work, drive, or read sustained text.
After years of internal bleeding, I was diagnosed at the Mayo Clinic with Liver Disease last December, 2010. They said I had it for years, yet constant doctor's appointments and bloodwork never detected this. I am 64 and work full time, but this disease is difficult to deal with and I am absent a lot (unpaid).
I have had 3 biopsies confirming liver diease, I am pending my last test of end stage liver disease. I use to take Tylenol frequently. I dont have the typical symptoms of a person with NASH/NAFLD, I dont have diabetes, high cholestrol, etc. I really think Tylenol did this to me.
My kidneys and liver shut down, the next morning I was rushed to the hospital. The Drs didnt know what was wrong, only that my system shut down. I had to convince them that the only meds I took was the Acetaminophen the Dentist prescribed.
Acute liver failure, renal shutdown, brain swelleing from water retention. I was given a 5% chance to live at first, and found out after from the doctors that caffeine magnifies the effect acetaminophen risks for liver damage
I have always been in good health. In 2005 I tried to buy additional life insurance through work which prompted an extensive medical exam. The only indication that something was wrong was when I was denied the additional life insurance. Subsequent tests showed a negative progression eventually leading to being told to stop using Tylenol completely.
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