The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reissued a warning to consumers and the medical community about the risks of liver damage associated with prescription drugs that contain more than 325 mg of acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol and other popular medications. However, despite this reiterated acetaminophen liver failure warning, Extra-Strength Tylenol, a popular pain reliever sold over-the-counter, is still available with 500 mg of acetaminophen in each tablet. If you believe you have been harmed by potential side effects of Tylenol, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers harmed by dangerous drugs, and can put you in touch with an experienced Tylenol lawyer today.
The FDA first issued a side effect warning in January 2014, about the potential for Tylenol and other acetaminophen-containing medications to cause liver failure, and the agency recommended at that time that doctors and pharmacists discontinue prescribing and distributing combination acetaminophen painkillers to patients. On April 28, federal regulators issued a reminder to medical professionals about the acetaminophen liver damage risk, and again asked pharmacists to remove high-dose acetaminophen products from their inventories. However, the FDA still has yet to take similar steps to address the risk of liver failure associated with Extra-Strength Tylenol.
Acetaminophen is the active ingredient in Tylenol and a number of popular prescription and over-the-counter pain relievers and painkiller medications, including Robitussin, Vicodin and Sudafed. Despite the widespread belief that acetaminophen and Tylenol are safe medications to use, the FDA has actually identified acetaminophen overdose as a leading cause of liver failure in the United States, resulting in thousands of hospitalizations and hundreds of deaths every year. According to the FDA, acetaminophen drugs prescribed in large doses can cause liver damage possibly leading to liver failure, without any clear benefit associated with the treatment.
In recent years, drug regulators have taken steps to increase awareness about the dangers of taking too much acetaminophen, or combining multiple medications that contain the pain reliever. Given the narrow margin between the maximum daily recommended dose of acetaminophen and a risk of potentially life-threatening liver failure, critics continue to call for stronger regulatory action in regard to Tylenol side effects. If you believe you have been adversely affected by Tylenol or another potentially dangerous medication, contact an experienced Tylenol attorney today for legal help. You may have grounds to file a drug injury lawsuit against the manufacturing company, in order to pursue financial compensation for your injuries.