Liver Damage / Liver Failure Related to Tylenol Use
Acetaminophen Injury Warning
Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturer of Tylenol products, has experienced several recalls on various forms of Tylenol over the years involving package tampering with cyanide, manufacturing and storage of the product bottles emitting odors, and even manufacturing problems where more active ingredients were included in the drug than listed on the product marketing and labeling.
Tylenol has been linked to a high risk of liver failure and kidney failure due to quality and manufacturing issues, especially when taken by elderly or dehydrated people. The active ingredient in Tylenol acetaminophen is the main culprit for liver damage. In the U.S., it is the cause of about 200 fatal overdoses and 56,000 emergency room visits each year.
Acetaminophen is one of the most common and popular painkillers available today and is in thousands of over-the-counter and prescription medicines taken for headaches, fever, sore throats and chronic pain. It is also the active ingredient in prescription painkillers such as Percocet and Vicodin, and is in nonprescription pain relievers such as NyQuil and some Sudafed products.
Johnson & Johnson has been forced to lower the maximum dosage for several Tylenol products because of the real possibility of “staggered overdoses.” Over several successive days, too much acetaminophen causes more deaths due to liver damage than deaths due to deliberate suicides by a single overdose.
A “staggered overdose” does not necessarily require a person to exceed the recommended maximum daily dosage. In fact, it rarely does. A person might suffer from serious liver damage even by remaining below the daily limit, which is part of the reason that Johnson & Johnson, finally decided to alter the warnings label on Tylenol. Still just one dose of Tylenol could throw any unsuspecting person into liver failure.
If you a loved one has been hurt by Tylenol and suffered kidney or liver failure, contact our defective drug and defective products lawyers at Murray Guari Trial Attorneys. We work on a contingency basis, which means that there are never any legal fees unless we win compensation in your case. For a free no-obligation consultation please call toll free at 1-877-645-2974.