Tylenol is a staple in my home as I’m sure it is in the homes of many Mississippians. We use it for aching muscles, fever reducer, and to relieve headaches commonly associated with practicing law and coaching 9 year old baseball. Sometimes I just feel like Clark Griswold in Christmas Vacation and find myself screaming for the Tylenol!
The wonderful ingredient which makes this happen is acetaminophen. In 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning limiting the amount of acetaminophen per tablet and requiring manufacturers to warn of the dangers of severe liver injury for prescription products. Tylenol, Extra strength Tylenol, Tylenol PM, Children’s Tylenol, all the cold & flu remedies, allergy remedies, contain acetaminophen. People may have been taking those and other prescription drugs that contain acetaminophen. Some people have had very serious reactions to the acetaminophen.
The most common side effect is liver damage and liver failure. Studies have shown that using acetaminophen in connection with other medicines put you at more of a risk for problems. The FDA advises everyone to read the label before taking Tylenol (or any other drug). Make sure you are not already taking a drug which is contraindicated (big word, means you shouldn’t take it with Tylenol).
Globally, we will spend $70 billion annually on over the counter drugs. That is a staggering sum but it is dwarfed by the pharmaceutical industry’s $1 trillion market worth by 2015. I point these astronomical figures out only because with this kind of money comes great political power. The pharmaceutical companies have a lot to risk and I expect that they will make sure their drugs hit the market and get sold. Doctors are nothing more than salespersons for the drug companies. When was the last time your doctors sat down with you and explained the risks associated with your prescription medicine?
The FDA has put it on us, the people, to read and educate ourselves on the drugs we put into our bodies. In a way, we should take that responsibility but the drug companies have a duty to alert consumers when there are potential problems with their drugs.Doctors also have a heightened duty to explain the side effects to their patients. However, drug companies routinely put profits ahead of people and most doctors are too busy to sit and talk with patients.
At Coxwell & Associates we have seen this pattern time and time again. We have handled fen phen, Rezulin, Vioxx, Oxycontin, and more recently hip implants and transvaginal mesh cases. If you or a loved one has taken a Tylenol product and suffered liver damage, please call one of the attorneys at Coxwell & Associates to discuss your case. Learn more about our firm on the website.
Chuck Mullins has been practicing law for almost 19 years in Mississippi. To learn more about Chuck go to his page on the firm website. I have to go now. You know who is calling me! “Hallelujah! Holy sh*&! Where’s the Tylenol?”
Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.