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Liver Failure linked to Acetaminophen Side Effects

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Acetaminophen Side Effects Link To Liver Failure Lawsuits

Acetaminophen | Lawsuit, Lawyers | Side Effects: Injury, Pain, Suffering, Liver Damage, Liver Failure

Have you suffered a liver injury or liver failure after taking Tylenol or another drug that contained acetaminophen? Though most people consider Tylenol and other acetaminophen drugs to be extremely safe, they have long been linked to a serious risk of liver injury. In fact, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has acted on several occasions to strengthen liver injury warnings on Tylenol and other acetaminophen products.

If you or a loved one suffered liver injury or liver failure after taking Tylenol or another drug that contained acetaminophen, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Our acetaminophen liver injury lawyers are offering a free consultation to anyone who sustained a liver injury after taking Tylenol or acetaminophen. We urge you to contact one of our acetaminophen liver injury lawyers today to protect your legal rights.

FDA Liver Damage Warnings for Tylenol, Other Acetaminophen Products

Tylenol and other acetaminophen products are commonly used drugs for both children and adults because they are effective in reducing fevers and relieving minor aches and pain, such as headaches and muscle aches. Acetaminophen is also used in a number of prescription painkillers including Vicodin, Percocet, Tylenol with Codeine, and Oxycodone.

In April 2009, the FDA directed the makers of acetaminophen-containing over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications and fever reducers, including Tylenol, to include new warnings on their labels regarding the risk of liver injury. The final rule required manufacturers to ensure that the active ingredients of these drugs are prominently displayed on the labels on both the packages and bottles.

In January 2011, the FDA acted to mitigate the risk of acetaminophen-induced liver injury from prescription painkillers like Vicodin, Percocet, Tylenol with Codeine, and Oxycodone by requiring drug makers to limit the amount of acetaminophen in these products to 325 milligrams. At the time, the FDA allowed such products to contain up to 750 mg of acetaminophen. The new 325 mg limit was scheduled to be phased in over a three-year period, the FDA said. At the same time, the FDA also mandated that such prescription combination acetaminophen products include black box warnings on their labels alerting users to the potential for liver damage.

According to the FDA, roughly 800 cases of acetaminophen liver injury occur in the U.S. every year. Overdoses from prescription acetaminophen-combination products account for nearly half of all cases of acetaminophen-related liver damage in the U.S., the agency said. In many instances, these overdoses have fatal outcomes.

Many acetaminophen liver injuries occur because a person is taking two acetaminophen products at one time, and this can exceed the recommended daily limit. Many patients may not know that the prescription painkiller they are taking contains acetaminophen and often they are not warned to avoid other acetaminophen-containing products.

Help for Victims of Tylenol or Acetaminophen Liver Injuries

Our firm is offering free case evaluations to victims of acetaminophen or Tylenol liver damage. If you or someone you love suffered liver damage or liver failure after using Tylenol or another acetaminophen product, we urge you to contact us as soon as possible. Simply fill out our online form, or call 1-800 - YOURLAWYER  (1-800-968-7529) to discuss your case with us today.

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FDA Recommends Discontinuing Prescribing Drug Products that Contain More than 325 Milligrams of Acetaminophen

Apr 29, 2014
Early this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended that health care professionals discontinue prescribing combination drug products that contain more than 325 milligrams (mg) of acetaminophen per tablet, capsule, or other dosage unit. According to the FDA safety alert, there is no available data to show that taking more than 325 mg of acetaminophen per dose provides benefits that outweigh the increased risk of liver injury. Limiting the amount of acetaminophen per dosage...

FDA Recommends Prescription Acetaminophen Limits Due to Risk of Liver Damage

Jan 16, 2014
U.S. health regulators are recommending that healthcare professionals cease prescribing combination medications that contain more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen per each tablet, capsule, or other dosage unit. Liver damage was the cited reason for the recommendation. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that limiting the per-dose acetaminophen quantity unit will minimize risks for inadvertent overdose, according to a Reuters report. Acetaminophen may lead to liver...

Study urges changes to acetaminophen labels, more patient information to avoid liver injury risk

Nov 1, 2012
Acetaminophen use is the leading cause of liver failure in the U.S. and other western countries. While most people believe that using acetaminophen as a treatment for minor aches and pains, inflammation, and fever can be done without many risks to their health, this misconception may be leading to a serious public health risk. This and other serious statements on the risks of acetaminophen overdose are being presented to attendees at the Liver Meeting hosted by the American Assoc. for the...

Acetaminophen Overdose A Risk For Infants, Children

Jun 7, 2012 | Parker Waichman LLP
Acetaminophen overdose, long known to be a risk for adults, is a risk for infants, as well. Acetaminophen is the active ingredient in Tylenol and, because of the drug’s popularity, many consumers are unaware that acetaminophen carries risks for very serious health affects.According to researchers writing in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, acute acetaminophen overdose is the most frequent “identifiable cause of acute liver failure” in pediatric patients, wrote News...

Acetaminophen Overdose Can Injure Liver

May 16, 2012 | Parker Waichman LLP
A recent local news report is emphasizing the dangers of possible acetaminophen overdose, an often overlooked risk posed by a common over-the-counter drug used by millions of people every day.Acetaminophen, commonly taken under its brand name Tylenol, is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), taken by people to treat minor to moderate pain and to reduce fever. Thought most likely purchased through a Tylenol product, acetaminophen is sold in myriad generic forms and is also an active...

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