Tylenol Injury Lawyer
You are entitled to reimbursement from Johnson & Johnson if you suffered liver damage or liver failure as a result of taking Tylenol. In order to determine if you have a Tylenol claim, we must gather your medical records and review the basic facts of your case. Our Tylenol lawyers receive a fee for their efforts only if they are able to obtain a recovery for your injuries. Many victims of Tylenol are seeking reimbursement for the medical expenses, lost wages, and other injuries they suffered as a result of taking Tylenol. For more information about potential Tylenol cases, contact bad drug lawyer Christopher R. Dixon by calling 855-55-BAD-DRUG.
What is Tylenol?
Tylenol is a drug advertised for reducing pain, relieving symptoms of cold, flu, cough and allergies and for reducing fever. The active ingredient in the drug is acetaminophen, also known as paracetamol. The drug contains codeine or co-codamols and is sold as a pain reliever. Tylenol is manufactured by McNeil Consumer Healthcare and is linked to Johnson & Johnson.
In 1951, the Food and Drug Administration approved Tylenol, and by 1955, it was widely available. The first warning was released in 1977 when the Food and Drug Administration was concerned about potential liver damage that Tylenol could cause. In 1982 the drug was recalled after it came to light that some of the drugs were contaminated with cyanide. Tylenol was recalled in 2009 and 2010 for contamination. The drug contained a bacterium that could cause infection. Early in 2012 Tylenol Infant medicine was also recalled. In 1994, the federal court in Virginia awarded $8.8 million as compensation to a patient who experienced damages to the liver caused by Tylenol.
Tylenol Side Effects and Symptoms
The generic name for Tylenol is acetaminophen. The Mayo Clinic named acetaminophen as a major cause of liver failure. One can develop liver damage within days after taking a large dose of Tylenol. Patients with hepatitis, kidney disease, ethanol abuse, AIDS and anorexia may be at increased risk when using Tylenol. Tylenol Soft Chews and Tylenol Melt for children and infants have also been associated with acetaminophen overdose problems. Nausea, dizziness and vomiting may occur when using Tylenol. Other problems that Tylenol is associated with are change in heart rate, seizures, difficulty breathing and an increased risk of asthma. Kidney problems may also result from chronic use of Tylenol.
Any person who has taken too much Tylenol should go to an emergency room for treatment. If the symptoms are more severe, such as difficulty in breathing or unconsciousness, 911 should be called immediately.
Tylenol is linked to liver failure and death. The product was sold for years without sufficient instructions and warnings. Adequate warnings could have reduced the risk of injuries.
How Does Tylenol Cause Liver Damage?
Tylenol can cause the enzymatic pathways in the liver to block. If too much of the toxic residue accumulates in the liver, it can result into liver failure. The Mayo Clinic named acetaminophen as a major cause of liver failure. The drug is one of the leading causes of liver transplants in the United States of America.
In July 2006, the “Journal of the American Medical Association” published the findings of research that was conducted at the University of North Carolina where 145 adults took 4 grams of acetaminophen daily for fourteen days. Four grams of acetaminophen is the equivalent of eight Tylenol pills. The research concluded that the liver enzymes reached three times the normal levels. The enzyme levels remained high even after the medication was discontinued. One can develop liver damage within days after taking a large dose of Tylenol.
Other Health Complications Linked to Tylenol
Tylenol is available in almost any shop around the world. The drug is sold over the counter or it can be prescribed by a doctor. In Europe and many other countries the drug is known as paracetamol.
- Gastrointestinal Complications: Daily use of acetaminophen for thirty days was linked to gastrointestinal complications in a research conducted in Madrid (Spain). The research involved more than 2,000 patients and more than 11,000 controls over a period of 5 years. The research findings were published in “Arthritis Research” in 2001 and stated that the risk of gastric injury increased to almost eight times more when the drug was combined with anti-inflammatory.
- Asthma: New Zealand researchers conducted a study in thirty-one countries. The International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood involved more than 205,000 children and the results were published in a 2008 issue of “Lancet.” The research found that the use of acetaminophen in children under the age of five experienced increased symptoms of asthma by the age of six or shortly after the age of six.
Lawsuits Related to Tylenol
In order to determine if you have a Tylenol lawsuit, we will first review the basic facts of your case and review the necessary records. If we find you may have a claim, we will obtain all necessary supporting medical records to build your case. The number of lawsuits against Tylenol manufacturers is growing rapidly. Many victims of Tylenol are seeking compensation for the medical expenses they should not have had.
Allegations raised in lawsuits filed include: Tylenol increases the risk of liver damage and is a dangerous drug; the manufacturers of Tylenol failed to issue a proper warning about the risks of the drug; no manufacturing control was established to assure the safety of the drug and advertising encouraged people to take the Extra-Strength Tylenol which increased the risk of liver damage.
Tylenol manufacturers chose to place their desire for profits before the safety of people. You can pursue legal action against Johnson & Johnson if you suffered liver damage or failure as a result of taking Tylenol. We work on a contingency fee basis and will be compensated only if we win your case. In order to determine if you have a Tylenol claim, contact St. Louis defective drug lawyer Chris Dixon to discuss your case. Call today: (314) 409-7060, or Toll-Free at 855-55-BAD-DRUG. We serve client’s nationwide.