Attorneys for Tylenol Liver Damage

FDA Public Health Alert: Tylenol® Linked to Severe Liver Damage

Tylenol®—in its generic form, acetaminophen—is the most popular over-the-counter pain relief medication. It has been linked to severe liver damage and failure. Acetaminophen is contained in many medications such as Percocet, Vicodin, and Tylenol with Codeine. It is also present in over-the-counter cold and flu remedies.

On January 13, 2011, the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed the link between severe liver damage and Tylenol® / acetaminophen. The makers of Tylenol® and other acetaminophen drugs are now required to limit the dosage of acetaminophen to 325 mg in prescription medicine and to add the most severe warning (Black Box) for prescription products containing acetaminophen. The FDA hopes that this action will reduce the risk of severe liver injury.

Liver Injuries Associated with Tylenol®

Some of the following injuries have been linked to Tylenol® / acetaminophen:

  • Acetaminophen-induced liver disease
  • Liver transplant
  • Liver death
  • Prolonged hospitalization due to liver damage

Recent studies suggest that the people most at risk are those with depression or chronic pain, or those who take several products containing acetaminophen at one time. This can lead to unintentional overdose.

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Acetaminophen overdose has been associated with severe liver necrosis and acute liver failure. To avoid overdose, the FDA advises patients to read all labels for prescription and over-the-counter medicines and ask the pharmacist if their medication contains acetaminophen. Patients are also advised not to take more than the recommended dosage for more days than directed.

If you or a loved one has taken Tylenol® or acetaminophen and suffered liver injury or damage, we encourage you to discuss your case with a Houston personal injury lawyer from our firm as soon as possible. We have been serving clients since 1981.

Contact Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P. at (866) 977-6671 for a free case consultation and evaluation by our drug litigation team.