Acetaminophen Side Effects
Acetaminophen is the active ingredient in Tylenol® and many other over-the-counter and prescription painkillers and fever reducers. Because acetaminophen is so widely used, many mistakenly believe it to be completely harmless. However, it is estimated that acetaminophen poisoning results in 56,000 injuries, 25,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths every year. Medical professionals have concluded that long-term use, or large doses of the drug can damage the liver, leading to liver failure or even death.
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Dangerous Side Effects
Serious acetaminophen side effects pose a much greater risk than many consumers realize. In some cases, an individual may experience an acetaminophen side effect and attribute it to some other cause. Sadly, some users even suffer liver failure due to acetaminophen use without their ever knowing.
Some of the more severe acetaminophen side effects include:
- Acute liver toxicity
- Allergic reactions including swelling, difficulty breathing, closing of throat, and more
- Abdominal pain
- Unusual bleeding or bruising
Liver Failure, Death, and Acetaminophen
Acetaminophen becomes a toxin when large amounts are ingested or under other specific conditions. The U.S. Acute Liver Failure Study Group found that acetaminophen poisoning is the leading cause of liver failure in the nation, accounting for approximately half of all cases. Some of these instances of liver failure occur even when following the dosage recommendations printed on the bottle.
The following conditions can significantly increase the risk of liver failure and death in acetaminophen users:
- Heavy alcohol use
- The simultaneous use of more than one medication containing acetaminophen
- The simultaneous use of another drug that affects the liver
If you have decreased liver function, hepatitis, AIDS, malnutrition, kidney disease, anorexia nervosa, or drink alcohol on a regular basis, you should not take acetaminophen without first consulting your doctor. Diabetics should note that acetaminophen may alter blood sugar test results.
If you or a loved one has experienced serious acetaminophen side effects such as liver failure or death, you may be eligible to recover your losses through a lawsuit. Please contact us for a FREE consultation with a caring and experienced personal injury lawyer who can answer all your questions and ensure that your legal rights are protected.
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