Harmed Consumers File Tylenol Liver Failure Lawsuits

Tylenol is used around the world for the treatment of minor ailments such as headaches, fevers, and other symptoms of the common cold. Taken irregularly and in appropriate doses, Tylenol is the perfect drug – it is both effective and safe. But too much Tylenol is incredibly dangerous. Either taking too much acetaminophen at once or taking it too regularly for a significant period of time can cause liver damage that, if untreated, can result in liver failure and even death. Tylenol liver failure lawsuits serve as the tragic evidence of just how dangerous Tylenol can be.

Responding to research that linked liver failure to Tylenol use in the 1970s, Johnson & Johnson asserted that only extreme overdoses could lead to liver failure. To back their claims, Johnson & Johnson devised a marketing campaign that extolled Tylenol as the reliable painkiller and fever reducer favored by medical professionals. It is true that Tylenol is often a less dangerous option when  compared to aspiri, but today we understand that the line between a safe dosage of Tylenol and a harmful amount is quite tenuous. A harmless amount of Tylenol for one individual may cause serious liver problems for another. Several factors affect how much Tylenol is safe to take – the health of your liver, the amount of alcohol you drink, whether you have had liver damage before, how much Tylenol you are taking and how often, and how many consecutive days you’ve been relying on Tylenol on a regular basis. Many Tylenol liver failure lawsuits involve someone taking the recommended dosage of Tylenol on a regular basis – which studies have shown can be dangerous to take for as little as four days. Some researchers believe that the presence of caffeine in the body may also increase a person’s risk for liver damage from Tylenol.

Unable to say exactly how every person will react to a drug like Tylenol, it would be hard for a company to predict all the possible problems that could result from taking it. Of course this is true, but drug safety advocates argue that Johnson & Johnson hasn’t made a real effort to warn their customers of the drug’s risks. The company has denied the dangers of Tylenol every step of the way, beginning in the 1970s when the Johnson & Johnson first resisted adding a liver damage warning to their packaging. Only when ordered to do so by the FDA in 2006 did Tylenol executives add such a warning.

A final straw came recently when Johnson & Johnson, in a move that is sure to bring a new onslaught of Tylenol liver failure lawsuits, lowered the maximum daily dosage for adults from 4000 mg to 3000 mg. After decades of insisting that 4000 mg was a safe amount for an adult to take during a 24 hour period, Johnson & Johnson is backpedaling. The line between safe Tylenol use and risky Tylenol use is a fine one – and apparently, it hovers right around 3000 mg per day. Unfortunately, Americans trusted the higher dosage amount for three deacades, and many people died or sustained permanent liver damage as a result.