Tylenol Liver Failure Class Action Lawsuit claims Attorneys
Over-the-counter medications produce billions of dollars in revenue for the companies that manufacture these products every year. People purchase these products to help manage conditions that include the common cold, the flu and general pain and fevers. One of the most popular and successful products over the past several decades in the United States has been Tylenol. Tylenol became synonymous with pain and sickness relief to the point where it almost became its own brand such as what happened with Kleenex and Coca Cola. It was one of the first things that people thought of whenever they got a headache or generally didn’t feel well, and if they didn’t have any Tylenol handy all they needed to do was head to a nearby retail outlet.
While the prevalence of products like Tylenol tends to prove that they work quite well, the potential downside to all of this success is that if something goes wrong with a product that millions of people are using at any given time, the consequences can be disastrous. Unfortunately, the nation got a scare over the past couple of years when reports of alleged Tylenol side effects came to the forefront of media reports, and these side effects generally dealt with the possibility that people could suffer from liver failure after using certain Tylenol medications.
The reason that people could suffer from liver failure after using any of a number of different Tylenol products is because the active ingredient in this medication is acetaminophen, which is known within the medical community as one of the most harmful products to human livers in existence. When too much acetaminophen is ingested, people can start to experience symptoms that may not seem familiar to them at the time. Symptoms of liver problems can include:
- Yellowing of the skin and/or eyeballs, indicating jaundice
- Abdominal pain
- Drowsiness or sleepiness
There are other symptoms that could be associated with liver damage, but those above are the most common. If you have experienced any of these symptoms and you’ve been using Tylenol, seek an immediate medical evaluation.
There have been Tylenol liver damage lawsuits filed against McNeil PPC, which is a division of the corporate giant Johnson & Johnson. National Injury Help, is a law firm that has been representing clients who have been injured by defective products and defective medications all over the United States for decades, and the firm is offering free initial consultations to people who believe that they have suffered liver damage as a result of using Tylenol.
If you or someone you love has suffered as a result of using this product, do not attempt to take on these corporate behemoths alone. Instead, seek the help of Tylenol liver failure lawyers who understand what it takes to hold those responsible for this type of harm accountable. Contact National Injury Help, today to schedule a free initial consultation so that you can be sure that you are protecting your legal rights.
Questions & Answers About Tylenol
What is Tylenol used for?
Tylenol is one of the most common drugs prescribed for minor aches and pain, and reduces fever.
How does Tylenol cause liver damage?
Overdosing on Tylenol can lead to Tylenol poisoning, which then sadly leads to liver damage and/or failure. When taking Tylenol, the drug metabolizes in the liver. Normally, the liver eliminates acetaminophen and it’s byproducts with an issue. However, when too much acetaminophen builds up in the liver, the pathways that eliminate the compounds can overload. In this circumstance, the body uses a different pathway in the liver, the cytochrome P-450 system, to remove the compound. The pathway successfully processes the compounds but creates a toxic compound called NAPQI.
Is there an increased risk for pregnant women?
For pregnant women, toxic levels of NAPQI can pass through the placenta. After 14 weeks, a baby’s liver is susceptible to the toxin, and may lead to fetal death if not treated.
What has the FDA done?
In 2011, the FDA released a requirement for all manufacturers of prescription medication containing acetaminophen to limit the amount of the drug to 325mg per tablet or capsule. Other drug makers are also required to add a black box warning for liver failure to medication containing Tylenol.
What products contain Tylenol?
It’s important to be aware of how much acetaminophen you are ingesting in a 24 hour period. Here are some common products that have acetaminophen:
- Extra Strength Tylenol
- Tylenol Arthritis Pain
- Children’s Tylenol Plus Cold
- Tylenol PM
- Regular Strength Tylenol
- Simply Sleep
Tylenol Liver Failure Class Action Lawsuit claims page updated on April 10, 2019