Tylenol is a household name associated with pain relief and an over the counter cure-all. Consumers assume because it is over the counter it must be safe, even when combined with other mild medications. Lately, more studies have brought the dangers of Tylenol to light. It is important that people understand that Tylenol should not be used without regard for side effects.
If you were unaware of the dangers of Tylenol and have experienced adverse effects, do not hesitate to contact the Kansas City drug injury attorneys at Peterson & Associates, P.C. for a free case evaluation.
Tylenol’s main ingredient, acetaminophen, is responsible for alleviating the symptoms of a majority of our aches, pains, and colds. The FDA-approved dose limit of acetaminophen is 4,000 mg per adult in a 24 hour period. Some argue that the dosage should be lower, around 3,250 mg per day instead.
The reason for this is that many people take multiple medications, not realizing that some of them contain acetaminophen, not just Tylenol or another associated brand. Without meaning to, consumers can overdose on acetaminophen and experience damaging results, especially if the medication is taken in conjunction with alcohol.
The dangerous effects of Tylenol include the following:
Skin rashes are a less-known result of taking too much acetaminophen. The FDA warned about three in particular (Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, and acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis) that can result in flu-like symptoms, blindness, organ damage, rashes, scarring, and in some cases, death.
The risk of liver damage goes up significantly if you double up on acetaminophen-based medication. For example, you might take one pill for a headache and another for a cold, not realizing that both contain acetaminophen. In the course of a day, it is easy for an overdose to occur.
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An estimated 85 lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson for the lack of warning concerning liver failure, especially for their Tylenol Extra-Strength medication. In a recent ruling in 2015, a judge ruled that although the safety of the medication was tested and approved by the FDA and he himself was convinced of its safety when used correctly, he was not convinced that Johnson & Johnson did everything in their power to label the drug in a more warning manner.
Tylenol’s trusted reputation should not undercut the need for labels warning about the dangers it can pose to consumers. If you have been injured by Tylenol, consult our Kansas City dangerous drug lawyers at Peterson & Associates, P.C. for advice concerning your next steps. With a proven history of claims success, we are confident we can skillfully handle your case.
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