Tylenol Overdose Liver Damage Risk Highlighted
A study published last week in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology highlights the risk of liver damage consumers face from unknowingly suffering a Tylenol overdose, which often goes untreated because it is not diagnosed during hospital visits, increasing the risk of liver failure or death.
The Tylenol overdose lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are investigating potential product liability lawsuits for individuals throughout the United States who have been diagnosed with liver damage from side effects of Tylenol or other acetaminophen-based pain medications.
The new research highlights how individuals who suffer accidental, small Tylenol overdoses may be at a greater risk of liver failure or death than individuals who take massive doses of the pill, such as in a suicide attempt, because the risk of liver damage is not as easily detectable.
Researchers from the University of Edinburgh and the Scottish Liver Transplant Unit found that 161 out of 663 patients who were hospitalized from acetaminophen illnesses had suffered so-called “staggered overdoses”, which may not be detected in blood tests during hospital visits. Those patients were more likely to die or need a liver transplant because of the undiagnosed and untreated overdose of Tylenol.
The FDA has identified acetaminophen overdose as one of the leading causes of drug-induced liver failure in the United States, and has been taking regulatory actions in recent years to help protect consumers and reduce the risk of liver damage from Tylenol and other acetaminophen products.
TYLENOL OVERDOSE LAWSUIT
Amid growing pressure from consumer advocates, Johnson & Johnson announced in July 2011 that it was lowering the recommended maximum daily Tylenol dose from 4,000 mg per day to 3,000 mg per day. However, for decades, Johnson & Johnson and manufacturers of other acetaminophen products have failed to adequately warn consumers or the medical community about the known risk of liver damage associated with the drugs. As a result of the failure to warn, many individuals have suffered an accidental acetaminophen overdose that resulted in permanent liver damage or death.
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