The FDA warns that Tylenol (acetaminophen) is toxic to the liver, and can cause liver disease and other serious health problems. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, there was a serious liver damage found in healthy adults who took maximum dose of Tylenol for two weeks.
Unfortunately, many people are not informed about Tylenol toxicity. It can cause serious damage on the liver even in recommended doses. Too much acetaminophen can cause liver failure, liver translplant or even death. The toxicity of acetaminophen metabolites which have been proved to kill liver cells, make this drug the leading cause of sudden liver failure in the U.S. Statistics show that 80,000 people per year end up in the emergency room due to acetaminophen poisoning, and 500 or more, end up dead from liver failure.
According to a latest study, led by Dr, Kenneth Simpson of the University of Edinburgh, there is a bigger chance to die from a “staggered overdose” of Tylenol than from a single large overdose.
These are disturbing facts because millions of Americans take Tylenol and acetaminophen- drugs regularly. But with more than 85 personal injury lawsuits and counting filed against the company in federal court, McNeil has to bear the consequences for selling a drug which has long been claimed as safe painkiller, which is obviously not true.
“The warning will make it explicitly clear that over-the-counter drug contains acetaminophen, a pain-relieving ingredient that`s the nation`s leading cause of sudden liver failure. The new cap is designed to grab the attention of people who don`t read warnings that already appear in the fine print on the product`s label, according to company executives.” writes Matthew Perrone for the AP.
In the near future, all bottles of Tylenol, including regular strength Tyenol, will bear a new label with the phrases “CONTAINS ACETAMINOPHEN” and “ALWAYS READ THE LABEL”.
The FDA advisory panel recommends that cough and cold drugs that contain acetaminophen should be banned because it causes serious liver failure. Additionally, the popular painkillers Vicodin and Percocet which contain acetaminophen are taken off the market because of the similar risks of liver damage.