Tylenol Liver Damage

Published on November 13, 2013 by Sandy Liebhard

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A pain medication that has been used for generations is now at the center of growing Tyler liver damage lawsuits; many of which alleging the need for a liver transplant. If you suffered liver failure after taking Tylenol, you may have a case against the manufacturer. The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are eager to hear from anyone who may have sustained Tylenol liver failure complications, and are actively pursuing potential claims against the medication’s manufacturer. Call the Firm directly for more information at .

The risk for Tylenol liver injury may stem from the side effects of acetaminophen, the pain reliever’s active ingredient.

Tylenol Liver Damage

Tylenol was first introduced in 1955 by McNeil Laboratories as an analgestic pain reliever, and is often used in combination with Vicodin, Percocet and Tylenol with Codeine. It is also combined with such cold medicines as NyQuil and Alka-Seltzer.

However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recorded hundreds of Tylenol liver injury accounts over the years, and even names the medication as one of the leading causes of liver failure in the U.S. Use of the drug has been linked to an estimated 450 Tylenol death reports each year, more than and 25,000 hospitalizations, and 50,000 emergency room visits caused by overdoses. In 2002, experts in a FDA advisory committee meeting found that between 1,000 and 2,000 Tylenol liver failures occurred in patients each year.

The following symptoms have been associated with Tylenol liver necrosis:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes
  • Problems concentrating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Disorientation or confusion
  • Excessive sleepiness

Perhaps fueled by mounting l liver damage reports, the FDA announced new limits for the prescription of acetaminophen in January 2011.  Johnson & Johnson announced in July 2011 that it would be dropping its maximum daily dosage for Extra Strength Tylenol due to the risk of acetaminophen overdose from 4,000 mg per day to 3,000 mg per day.

Lawsuits Alleging Tylenol Liver Failure, Other Injuries

A growing number of Tylenol liver failure lawsuits have been filed by individuals who allegedly sustained injuries stemming from the pain medication. On April 1, 2013, pending and future cases were consolidated in a federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) established in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. These lawsuits similarly allege Tylenol’s manufacturer failed to warn about the side effects associated with acetaminophen, which may necessitate the need for a Tylenol liver transplant. According to court records, these lawsuits were centralized to avoid conflicting rulings from judges, duplicative discovery and to serve the convenience of all parties.

It is noteworthy to add that Johnson & Johnson opposed the creation of a federal proceeding at this time, stating that its customers had been adequately warned about Tylenol liver failure side effects.

According to the Transfer Order issued by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) in April, more than 27 Tylenol liver injury claims had been filed in the U.S.

How to File a Tylenol Liver Necrosis Lawsuit

If you or a loved one sustained an injury that led to hospitalization, a liver transplant or Tylenol death after taking the widely-prescribed pain medication, you may have a case against the manufacturer. The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are actively pursuing potential claims against Johnson & Johnson that allege the company failed to warn the general public about the risks associated with acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol. Call the lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP to learn more about your legal rights at .