Consequences of Dangerous Tylenol® Side Effects
The popular over-the-counter (OTC) medication Tylenol® has been linked to many side effects, health complications, and even fatal injuries. Tylenol®, or acetaminophen, is the most popular pain relief medication across the globe, and is found in numerous OTC medications as well as some prescription pain killers. The drug has been in use since the 1950s, but recent studies have uncovered some serious side effects and complications, including liver damage. This has forced the FDA to issue warnings regarding the drug’s safety and has prompted numerous lawsuits. If you have been a victim of serious Tylenol® side effects, our San Diego, CA, attorneys can conduct a thorough review of your case.
Tylenol® Side Effects
The side effects associated with Tylenol® are fairly standard in comparison with other OTC medications. Those who take Tylenol® may suffer from nausea and vomiting, stomach pain, or extreme fatigue. These are all normal side effects and are not likely to cause long-term damage. They typically subside shortly after you have taken the medication, or when you stop taking the drug.
The drug has been in use since the 1950s, but recent studies have uncovered some serious side effects and complications, including liver damage.
Serious Health Complications from Tylenol®
Recent studies have found Tylenol® has more severe side effects than originally thought. In 2011, the FDA issued warnings about the risk of liver failure from Tylenol®. Other complications related to the drug’s use and dosage have also surfaced.
Acetaminophen causes an inflammation in the liver. Even when individuals are taking the recommended daily dose—or less than that—liver toxicity can develop and liver damage may occur. Combining Tylenol® with alcohol can increase the effects the drug has on the liver, furthering damage. Exceeding the recommended dosages can result in acute liver failure, which is life-threatening and requires prompt medical treatment. When damage is allowed to advance, a liver transplant is required. However, transplants are not always successful.
Overdose and Wrongful Death
Due to acetaminophen’s presence in so many other medications, accidental overdose is, unfortunately, incredibly easy. The drug can be found in common cold relief medications as well as prescription pain medications. Taking more than one medication that contains acetaminophen increases the risk of ingesting more than the recommended daily dosages of the drug, increasing the risk of overdose, liver failure, and death. In 2009, the FDA required lowering the recommended daily dosage to 4,000 milligrams. Johnson & Johnson, the drug manufacturer, further reduced these dosages to 3,000 milligrams in 2011. Almost 500 deaths related to acetaminophen occur each year, and most of them are due to accidental overdose or a failure to receive prompt treatment.
Pregnancy and Tylenol®
Despite its popularity, Tylenol® has been linked to many complications, including fetal harm.
The perceived inherent safety of Tylenol® led many women to take the drug during pregnancy. Unfortunately, acetaminophen creates a toxic compound that can affect the fetus’s liver as early as 14 weeks. Without immediate treatment, the condition is typically fatal for the fetus.
Although rare, there have been reports of severe allergic reactions to Tylenol®. These life-threatening reactions can result in hospitalization and can cause other health complications, depending on the nature of the reaction.
File a Tylenol® Lawsuit Today
Our attorneys are well-versed in Tylenol® complication cases and will provide you with a free consultation before beginning any legal processes. They can carefully review your case and determine if you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.