Acetaminophen is one of the most widely used over-the-counter painkillers on the market and is used in more than 100 different nonprescription products, including DayQuil® and Tylenol®. It is also used in combination with prescription drugs such as Darvocet® and Percocet®.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), acetaminophen may be linked to liver damage, liver failure, or death from liver disease. Over the years, it has become a commonly used drug, and because it is found in such a wide range of products, the risk for accidental overdose is high.

In fact, more than 500 deaths and 50,000 emergency room visits a year are attributed to acetaminophen overdose. Acetaminophen overdose is the most common form of acute liver failure in the United States today.

What are the symptoms of acetaminophen overdose?

The symptoms of overdose include:

  • abdominal pain
  • appetite loss
  • coma
  • convulsions
  • diarrhea
  • irritability
  • jaundice
  • nausea
  • sweating
  • upset stomach
  • vomiting

Are there warnings on acetaminophen products?

A warning has been added to all prescription products containing acetaminophen that highlights the risk of severe liver injury and allergic reactions, such as swelling of the face, mouth, and throat, difficulty breathing, itching, or rash.

Has anything been done to protect consumers?

The FDA has asked drug manufacturers to limit the amount of acetaminophen in their products to 325 mg per tablet, capsule, or dosage unit, to help prevent the chance of accidental overdose and subsequent liver damage.

What should I do if I suffered liver problems?

Always consult with your physician for medical advice, but if you or a loved one took Tylenol® or other drugs containing acetaminophen and were diagnosed with liver damage or liver failure, received a liver transplant, or a loved one died from liver disease, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our firm today to learn how we may be able to help.

Darvocet® is a registered trademark of Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals, Inc. DayQuil® is a registered trademark of Procter & Gamble. Percocet® is a registered trademark of Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. Tylenol® is a registered trademark of McNeil Consumer & Specialty Pharmaceuticals, a Division of McNeil-PPC, Inc. All registered trademarks are used only to identify the products in question.

This law firm is not associated with, sponsored by, or affiliated with Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; the Food and Drug Administration; McNeil Consumer & Specialty Pharmaceuticals; Procter & Gamble; the U.S. National Library of Medicine; or Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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