New Study Links Acetaminophen Side Effects To Increased Risk Of Kidney Damage, Death
20 March 2015No Comments
According to the findings of a new study, side effects of acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol and other popular prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, may be linked to other devastating injuries, in addition to liver failure. In the study, published in the medical journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, researchers from the United Kingdom warn that people who take the pain reliever acetaminophen may have an increased risk of suffering kidney damage, heart problems, intestinal injuries and even death. If you took a potentially dangerous medication like Tylenol in the past, and you have since suffered kidney damage, liver failure or another major side effect, consult our product liability lawyers at Bandas Law Firm to explore your possible compensation options.
Potential Side Effects of Acetaminophen
Acetaminophen is the most commonly used pain reliever in the world, and most acetaminophen users believe the medication to be safe to use and without a risk of serious side effects. However, a growing body of research has examined the potential connection between Tylenol and liver failure requiring a transplant, and this new study indicates that the pain reliever may have even further health consequences. In this latest study, researchers from the Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine in the U.K. conducted a systematic review of adverse events tied to the use of acetaminophen, analyzing eight different studies containing data on side effects of the widely used pain reliever.
Dose-Specific Link Between Acetaminophen and Injuries
In the study, the researchers noted that they found evidence of dose-specific connections between acetaminophen and side effects like kidney damage, heart problems and gastrointestinal injuries. According to their findings, the more acetaminophen a study participant took, the higher their risk of suffering from hypertension, upper gastrointestinal hemorrhages, and a heart attack or stroke. Based on this acetaminophen side effect data, the researchers wrote, “we believe the true risk of [acetaminophen] prescription to be higher than that currently perceived in the clinical community.” They also write that, “Given its high usage and availability as an over-the-counter analgesic, a systemic review of [acetaminophen’s] efficacy and tolerability in individual conditions is warranted.”
Contact Our Experienced Tylenol Attorneys Today
The potential risk of serious side effects from acetaminophen is not new. According to the FDA, Tylenol and acetaminophen have been identified in recent years as a leading cause of liver injury in the United States, resulting in more than 50,000 emergency room visits, including 25,000 hospitalizations and over 450 deaths every year. If you believe you have been adversely affected by side effects of Tylenol, contact our knowledgeable drug injury attorneys at Bandas Law Firm today for legal help. You may have grounds to file a Tylenol lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, in order to seek fair and timely reimbursement for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.