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Liver Failure linked to Acetaminophen Side Effects
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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.

Need Legal Help Regarding Acetaminophen?

The personal injury attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP offer free, no-obligation case evaluations. For more information, fill out our online contact form or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).



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FDA Recommends Prescription Acetaminophen Limits Due to Risk of Liver Damage

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