Tylenol (acetaminophen) is a drug belonging to the group of medications known as analgesics. This over-the-counter drug is taken to relieve pain resulting from headaches, colds, muscle aches, menstrual periods, backaches, toothaches, and is used to reduce fevers. Because of the drug’s popularity and everyday usage, the drug’s manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, recommends limiting Tylenol’s intake to 4 grams per day.
Tylenol Scientific Studies on Over Usage of Tylenol
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is studying reports of almost 800 serious side effects from this drug. According to recent research, Americans usually overuse Tylenol and other medications that contain acetaminophen because they misunderstand and under appreciate the safety of taking Tylenol. A study was conducted on a population of 500 adults to see if they would take the proper daily dose. The results show that, despite the recommended dosage, almost a quarter of the sample exhibited the common tendency to overdose on acetaminophen by taking more than the recommended dosage per day. The researchers also found that approximately 45% of adults indicated that they would overdose on acetaminophen by taking more than one product containing the acetaminophen in one day.
Studies also show that over dosage of Tylenol is linked to other common side effects such as:
- Allergic reaction
- Dark urine
- Excessive sweating
- Swelling of the mouth and face
- Tightness in the chest
- Troubled sleeping
Tylenol’s Relation to Liver Damage
Overdose of this drug also puts an individual at an increased risk of acquiring liver damage. Studies also show that even taking proper doses of Tylenol can have adverse effects on the liver which, in some cases, requires users to undergo liver transplant surgeries.
The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology echoed that holding when it revealed that, even in small doses, acetaminophen still has the potential to cause liver damage. The study found that patients were more likely to suffer life-threatening injuries and liver damage from small, accidental overdoses of Tylenol because in those cases, the risk is not as easily detectable over time.
Since 2009, there have been 18 separate recalls for Tylenol products ranging from problems regarding dosage amounts, musty odors, to liver disease side effects. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform began investigating Johnson & Johnson after a toddler died from liver failure after taking Children’s Tylenol. Moreover, in 2009, the FDA began requiring Tylenol to include a Boxed Warning on all prescription products containing acetaminophen and ever required all drug manufacturers to limit the amount of acetaminophen to 325 mg per capsule because of the administrations growing concerns with the drug’s relation to liver damage, disease, and failure.
Have you Suffered Liver Damage or Suffered Side Effects for Tylenol’s Use?
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