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Acetaminophen is the generic name of a drug used in many different over the counter drugs and medications including brand name Tylenol.

Startling information about the dangers of acetaminophen-based products such as the popular pain-killers Tylenol and Tylenol Plus are widely available to consumers and clearly document the dangerous links between the medications and liver failure.

One valuable source is our court system, where victims of this life-threatening side effect have filed Tylenol liver failure lawsuits detailing the devastating health problems they and loved ones have suffered from acetaminophen use.

For decades Tylenol products have ranked among the best-selling medications ever put on pharmacy shelves, generating billions of dollars in sales for the manufacturer. Even so, it was not until 2009 that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which initially sanctioned the products as safe, finally acknowledged that that even when taken in prescribed doses, these products can destroy the liver.

Even then, the drug's manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson subsidiary McNeil, fought tooth and nail to avoid having to place the specific words "severe liver damage" on its warning labels, as directed by FDA regulators.

That a company would battle so hard to avoid warning consumers about a dangerous side effect that could cause their death speaks volumes about how pharmaceutical giants place corporate profits above consumer safety.

That morality is at the center of the allegations that are being made in Tylenol liver failure lawsuits. In reviewing the complaints that have been filed by victims of these side effects you come away with feelings of concern and sympathy for the health problems and deaths caused by these side effects.

You will also come away with an understanding of the basis of these lawsuits, which is that Tylenol and other acetaminophen-based medications were put on pharmacy shelves in a manner that put at risk the health of consumers.

Brands of products containing Acetaminophen:

  • Regular strength Tylenol
  • Extra strength Tylenol
  • Regular strength store brand/generic Acetaminophen
  • Extra strength store brand/generic Acetaminophen
  • Nyquil
  • Vicodin
  • Percocet
  • NSAIDS (nonsteroidal antinflammatory drugs)
  • aspirin
  • ibuprofen
  • naproxen

The problem with Acetaminophen:

Acetaminophen has been shown to and linked to many different types of liver problems.

Mainly the liver has a difficult time in flushing it from the system.

Taking more than the recommended amount can cause liver damage, ranging from abnormalities in liver function blood tests, to acute liver failure, and even death in some rare cases.

Even amounts of only 4 grams per day can lead to liver damage or other liver problems. The problem is exacerbated by those who use alcohol or have liver disease. These individuals have a harder time in flushing Acetaminophen from their bodies.

Taking just a small amount of acetaminophen over the recommended total daily dose (4 grams per day) may lead to liver injury. Many cases of overdose are caused by patients inadvertently taking more than the recommended dose.

Studies from the 1990's illustrated a direct link between the use of Acetaminophen and liver failure. In this study it was also shown that half of the cases ended up in an accidental overdose.

Reports from various medical hospital studies found approximately 42,000 people visited the emergency rooms ever year with acetaminophen overdoses, half of which were accidental.

Injuries associated with acetaminophen:

  • liver damage
  • liver failure
  • liver transplant
  • serious liver injury
  • Overdose

If you or someone you know has experienced liver damage or has suffered an overdose from acetaminophen, please contact us today a potential class action lawsuit may begin. There may be compensation from an acetaminophen class action settlement.

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Mary Metzsays: 2012-01-03 00:25:16

I was injured at work. They had me go thru their workmans comp routine. It did not go well. I was told to take tylenol, from 2007 thru 2010. Then i was on meloxicam for the last year. then , my liver test did not go well. I would like to know what ,to do now. Thank You

michael jamessays: 2011-12-31 19:04:27

i had a toothache and took tylanol i ended up with liver failure and now 15years later my skin tears like paper and im always in pain.not able to work,got hepitices c.so i can use a little help

Robert Taylorsays: 2011-12-15 08:31:07

Im a 57 white male who got addicted to Vicadone after years of doctors continuosly prescribing it. In 2007 my feet swelled up 5 xs the normal. The next day i ended up in the hospital for a pancreaitist failure. i was in a comma for 2 days. When i came out of it i had lost my hearing and now on owygen as well. My hearing is still gone and i have to wear hearing aids that are very costly and dont work. Not to mention I lost my business and family all over Vicodine.

Peggy Stankiewiczsays: 2011-12-14 20:48:51

My otherwise healthy 22 year old daughter was misdiagnosed over a week ago by a hospital in Virginia Beach. I know that she had accute Acetaminophen poisoning simply based on the fact that she was told on Monday 12-5-11 at that same ER that she had the flu (flu like symptoms) which I believe she did have the flu, and was sent home with a bottle of Tylenol III pills. She unkowingly took the Tylenol III pills for the body aches and then took Nyquill on top of it for the cold symptoms. 2 days later, she was in the ER again but this time, vomiting, listlessness, profuse sweating and odor and her liver was failing. Actually, her blood counts were all over the place as well. She and my son in law BOTH told the ER staff what drugs she had taken and they proceeded to do a spinal tap on my daughter anyway!! Now, here we are 8 days later and she is still in the hospital being "treated" for some phantom virus! They won't even admit that they misdiagnosed her from the start and now she is having severe migraines and can't even get up due to the spinal tap. I feel like I'm living in a nightmare! I'm not a doctor, I'm a Mom who knows how to do research and here I am 300 miles away, caring for my 19 month old granddaughter while my poor daughter calls me and cries for her child. She was just looking for relief from the flu and almost ended up DEAD.

Sharon Kidwell-Tynansays: 2011-12-13 06:10:43

My 42 year old husband just died 11-21-11. He had been on narcotic pain pills for years. He was withwdrawing from these and for days days before his death was taking store brand pain reliever with acetamin opin both in pill and liquid form. These had also been used often for many years to help him sleep due to back pain.

Connie Plasterersays: 2011-11-30 09:18:30

I had to have a liver transplant because of tylenol usage. I was in a coma for 4 months during which my kidneys failed. I then had to have a kidney transplant. I would like to sue tylenol.

Sinnika Diegosays: 2011-11-18 16:05:36

I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia at the age of 16 before they officially told me that�??s what I had. They had me take many pain relievers including Tylenol. A few years later I was told by those same doctors that my liver wasn�??t working properly. They never could explain what happened or why my liver want working right. I lived in extreme pain for a long time because they didn�??t know how to treat me.

Connie Hopkinssays: 2011-11-13 05:03:56

Question: Have I filed an acemetaphen case with your office? I have been sick and could not remember if I completed the required paper work? If not, is it too late to file? Please notify me via email, if la message. Hard to get via phone.

Catherine Petersonsays: 2011-10-18 06:37:46

I had taken tylenol for years. Regular tylenol and tylenol p.m. Approx. Oct. of 2004 I got very sick. Went to my local dr. and she found my liver was high. I was sent to a larger hospital and my enzymes kept going higher A few hours later I was flown in a medical plane to University of Iowa hospital with liver failure. I spent 8 days in their hospital with them saving my life due to liver failure. The dr. put it to me that my liver could crash. I have not or will not take any tylenol product ever again.

Timothy Thompsonsays: 2011-08-21 11:36:37

I have been takeing pain killing drugs for many years with tylenol in them my blood work came back with elevated liver enzymes, x two do you think I have a case

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Tylenol liver failure lawsuit claims and settlements updated 3/06/2013