Lawyers and Settlements reported that in July of this year, a woman in St. Louis, MO went into a coma for six weeks because she took the recommended dosage for a bad headache. She took 6 “rapid release” tabs over a period of 24 hours and felt like she was going to pass out by 10 that night. After she called 911, she could not remember anything until she woke up in the hospital. She was diagnosed with liver damage caused by over-dosage of Acetaminophen and would have died if not for her daily exercise and good health. When she woke up, she could not remember a lot of her past and when she applied for Social Security Disability Insurance, she was denied because they determined that she could get a job in a different line of work. She was grateful to be alive but she was 55 and had been at the same job for 25 years, she could not start a new career. After this incident, Tylenol added liver damage and kidney damage warning to the packaging and limited the maximum single dosage.
Tylenol has been causing a number of deaths before. In April of this year, a two-month old infant, Markus Cherry, died due to the Concentrated Tylenol Infant Drops. Post-mortem tests concluded that the medication given to Cherry had been contaminated with harmful bacteria. In May, a 63-year-old woman passed away because she was given an Tylenol IV drip after her hip replacement and her body rejected a liver transplant. During an attempt to save her through liver biopsy, her son overheard the doctors say that they believed it was a “drug-related auto-immune hepatitis,” which means that a drug triggered the liver disease that killed her. More recently, even investors are after Tylenol for their corporate oversight of good manufacturing practices and marketing efforts.
Tylenol has been facing years of recalls of its products, including Tylenol 8 hour, Tylenol Arthritis Pain, Tylenol Sinus, Benadryl, and Sudafed products. Apparently, consumers are still unaware of the dangers these drugs pose because, most recently, the drugstores have been facing a shortage for the Acetaminophen-based product as brand-loyal customers seek relief from the summer cold season. Uninformed consumers often assume that over-the-counter drugs are safe, but even a combination of different types of cold and pain medication may contain higher than recommended concentrations of Acetaminophen. Acetaminophen overdoes has been found to cause liver damage leading to liver cancer, for which the only known treatment is a liver transplant.
Some of the less serious side effects of Acetaminophen include skin rash, hives, itching, swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs, hoarseness, nausea or vomiting, abdominal pain especially near the liver, yellowing of the skin and eyes, and difficulty breathing or swallowing. Side effects that may occur due to overdose of the drug include appetite loss, sweating, diarrhea, and irritability. The most serious side effect is liver damage due to large doses, chronic use or concomitant use with alcohol or other drugs that also damage the liver. Chronic alcohol use may also increase the risk of stomach bleeding. Overdose of the drug may also cause kidney failure or heart problems, seizures, and death.
Attorney Paul d’Oliveira stated that “we’ve seen some serious injury cases from people taking Tylenol and it’s sad because there are so many other over the counter pain killers on the market that work just as well as Tylenol. I believe our justice system, the strongest pillar of protection for the common man in our government, will allow these people to get the compensation they deserve. When did the manufacturers of Tylenol know their drug was dangerous and why didn’t they warn people? These questions will ultimately be answered in the litigation process. Hopefully, in the end, justice will prevail here.”
If you or anyone you know have suffered liver damage or any of the side effects caused by Tylenol or if anyone you cared about had died from an overdose of Tylenol, call the wrongful death and defective drugs attorneys at d’Oliveira & Associates. They are working with some of the leading defective drugs attorneys in the nation who are handling these cases and they promise you absolutely no charge until they win your case and obtain you the compensation that you deserve.
For a free legal consultation, call 1-800-992-6878 or visit their website at Tylenol Lawyer