Approximately 25 percent of American adults take a medication containing acetaminophen every week. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acetaminophen overdoses kill at least 500 people and injure between 55,000 to 80,000 every year. Accordingly, it is important to go look in your medicine cabinet and to read the ingredient labels of pain relief, cold relievers, and other prescription and over the counter drugs that you own.
Why Acetaminophen Overdoses Are Dangerous
In order to understand the importance of monitoring your own acetaminophen intake, it is important to understand the potential acetaminophen dangers if you overdose. Too much acetaminophen may result in:
- Sudden liver failure. The liver may become overwhelmed by the drug and produce a toxic byproduct that kills the cells in the liver.
- Death. Absent an immediate liver transplant, liver failure can be fatal.
It has been alleged that some manufacturers of medication that contains acetaminophen have known about the serious risk of overdose but have not provided sufficient warnings to patients about the risks.
Recovering From an Acetaminophen Overdose
If you have suffered from an acetaminophen overdose, or if you have lost a loved one, then you already know about acetaminophen dangers all too well. You know the pain and suffering that can result from an overdose.
Now, our Milwaukee class action lawyers want you to know more about your rights and your possible recovery. Please contact us today via this website or by phone at 414-223-4800 or 800-800-5678 to schedule a FREE, no obligation consultation.