People often think that acetaminophen is extremely safe because it is a familiar medication that is frequently used to treat pain. However, acetaminophen overdose is one of the most common drug poisonings in the world.
(PRWEB) May 15, 2012
The Consumer Justice Foundation, a for-profit corporation whose team of professional consumer advocates provide free online educational resources regarding the potential dangers of using certain medications, hereby alerts the public to a recent article published in The Salem News in Ohio that discussed the potential danger of Tylenol liver failure that can be set off by overdosing on Tylenol’s active ingredient known as acetaminophen.
Specifically, the article appeared in The Salem News on April 29, 2012 and it discussed the dangers of overdosing on Tylenol. The article stated that the recommended maximum dose of acetaminophen per day has been dropped from 4000 mg to 3000 mg in part because of the dangers of overdosing on this extremely common pain medication that’s sold over the counter to consumers at retail outlets.
“People often think that acetaminophen is extremely safe because it is a familiar medication that is frequently used to treat pain. However, acetaminophen overdose is one of the most common drug poisonings in the world,” explained Salem Community Hospital's Director of Pharmacy, Keith Meredith, Pharm D in the article.
Acetaminophen is the active ingredient in Tylenol, which is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, and this substance is also present in hundreds of other forms of medications. The problem that has arisen with Tylenol liver damage cases is that acetaminophen is processed by the liver, and when too much of this substance is ingested it can disrupt the manner in which the liver is supposed to function and inflict permanent damage to this vital organ.
If a person has been using Tylenol and he or she develops symptoms that include nausea, abdominal pain, appetite loss, convulsions, jaundice, sweating or vomiting, that person is advised to seek immediate medical attention so that any problems with the live can be evaluated properly and promptly, the article states.
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