Tylenol, one of the most recognizable drugs in the world, is a brand name of acetaminophen. Every year, people around the world consume over 8 billion Tylenol pills, and over 28 billion acetaminophen pills. In the USA, acetaminophen is the most commonly used medicine for pain relief, and Tylenol is by far the best-known brand of acetaminophen. The medical ingredient acetaminophen is also commonly found many other drugs, including over-the-counter drugs like Nyquil, Dristan, Excedrin, Sudafed, Theraflu, Vicks, and other allergy and cold medications.
In most cases, when taken in proper doses, Tylenol will work to reduce fever and relieve mild to moderate pain. Some Tylenol products are also used to relieve symptoms of allergies, as well as symptoms of coughs, colds, and flu. When taken correctly and in smaller doses, side effects of Tylenol are rare.
Many people choose Tylenol over other types of over-the-counter pain relievers due to brand recognition, and also because they prefer acetaminophen over other types of pain relievers such as ibuprofen, which is most commonly sold under the Advil brand. In contrast to ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), acetaminophen use comes without the risk of side effects such as stomach upset and heart problems.
Tylenol was first introduced in 1953 by McNeil Consumer Healthcare, which is now a subsidiary of the Johnson & Johnson company. However, the history of Tylenol has not been without blemish. McNeil Consumer Healthcare has faced many lawsuits over the years for issues such as failing to warn consumers about mixing alcohol and Tylenol, and failing to adequately warn consumers about the risks of taking high dosages of the drug.
The short-term side effects of Tylenol can include:
While these side effects are not dangerous to your long-term health, Tylenol has been known to cause severe liver damage or even liver failure when taken in larger doses, or when combined with alcohol or other forms of acetaminophen. This can be extremely damaging to your long-term health and even lead to death. Many people can overdose on acetaminophen because they are not aware of the amounts of acetaminophen contained within other drugs, or are not aware of the dangers of combining Tylenol with alcohol. Additionally, many people are not fully aware of the maximum recommended daily dosage of Tylenol. Look for these early signs of liver damage:
Tylenol, like all drugs, is removed from the human body through the liver. And while this process in many cases is completed without side effects, Tylenol has also been known since the 1990s to cause liver damage.
In the USA, the FDA has previously issued warnings regarding the acetaminophen class of drugs, warning that these drugs can be harmful to the liver. In addition, the FDA has also taken action to reduce the maximum recommended dosage of Tylenol.
In 2009, the FDA required all acetaminophen manufacturers to warn consumers about internal bleeding and liver damage issues because the FDA found that many people were prone to overdosing on acetaminophen. Then, in 2011, the FDA limited the dosage of acetaminophen products to 325 milligrams per dose, down from the previous limit of 400 milligrams. The FDA also required acetaminophen manufacturers to include warning labels to “highlight potential for severe liver failure.”
Medical studies have also found acetaminophen to be the “leading cause of acute liver failure in the United States.”
In recent years, the Tylenol brand has been negatively affected further by product recalls and litigation filed by Tylenol class action law firms. Between 2009 and 2012, McNeil Consumer Healthcare issued at least 26 product recalls due to various contamination issues. The FDA has even seized control of several Tylenol manufacturing plants due to the drug company’s failure to comply with federal drug standards.
However, despite these numerous recalls and FDA disciplinary measures, Tylenol remains the most popular brand name of acetaminophen in the world. If you or a loved one has suffered liver damage or liver failure due to Tylenol, class action lawyer Bruce Hagen can help you to seek substantial recovery via a class action suit against McNeil Consumer Healthcare.
As an experienced trial attorney, Bruce Hagen is able to provide you with the best options and legal advice on how to pursue a claim against McNeil Consumer Healthcare. If you believe that you or a loved one has been harmed by Tylenol, contact our law firm today. Our attorneys will discuss your situation and possible Tylenol class action litigation options available to you.