Acetaminophen is a common over the counter drug that many rely on to treat everyday aches and pains. Just because it’s widely available however, doesn’t mean it’s safe.
A report published in the medical journal Advanced Critical Care warns that the chief among a number of drug classes linked to drug-induced liver injuries is acetaminophen. Acetaminophen drugs account for 46% of all cases of acute liver failure in the U.S. As it is an over the counter drug, it’s easy for consumers to exceed the recommended therapeutic dose. However a crucial point is that there is quite a narrow margin between recommended doses and overdoses that may cause serious liver failure. Sometimes consumers slip up by combining multiple different acetaminophen-based medications.
The many lawsuits now pending nationwide allege that Johnson & Johnson overstated the safety and reliability of Tylenol and failed to warn consumers about the risks of taking acetaminophen for long periods of time. Through withholding important safety information about the risk of liver damage they failed to protect individuals from the risk of death or severe liver damage.
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