The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) says that acetaminophen, an ingredient in the leading painkillers, is the number one cause of liver failure in the United States. According to an FDA report, nearly 56,000 Americans go to the Emergency Room each year and 200 die because of acetaminophen over doses.
The FDA is working reduce acetaminophen overdoses and an advisory panel that the FDA assembled recommends taking Vicodin and Percocet off the market and lowering the prescribed dosages of over-the-counter medications containing acetaminophen.
Acetaminophen is an ingredient in the leading pain killers on the market today including Tyleonol, Extra Strength Tylenol, Excedrin, TheraFlu and Nyquill. When taken in amounts greater than the recommended dosage, the liver cannot metabolize it and liver damage is a likely result. Some poison control centers say that acetaminophen overdoses are their number one calls.
If you or a loved overdoses on acetaminophen, you should go to an emergency room immediately. There are several treatments available: stomach pumping, activated charcoal or drugs to neutralize the acetaminophen. Poison control centers do not recommend the inducement of vomiting or drinking lots of water.
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If you or a loved has liver damage due an acetaminophen overdose, you should contact a personal injury attorney to help determine