When most Americans have minor aches and pains, one of the first products they use to treat the symptoms is Tylenol or another medication containing the ingredient, acetaminophen. The Connecticut Drug Injury Lawyers with Carter Mario Injury Lawyers explain that many people don’t realize taking too much of these medications could result in a patient suffering serious side effects.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate as many as 80,000 people across the United States are treated in hospitals each year for acetaminophen overdoses. An estimated 500 fatalities associated with high levels of the drug are reported annually as well.
An article from NBC-Connecticut explains that taking too much medication containing acetaminophen can result in a patient suffering serious liver damage among other numerous health risks.
Many of these overdoses are accidental and occur due to the user being unaware of the dangers associated with acetaminophen. To help prevent such instances from occurring in the future, Johnson & Johnson, has announced it is changing the lid on bottles of Tylenol to include a warning about the active ingredient.
Officials are also working vigilantly to complete a new set of regulations regarding acetaminophen containing products that are expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Carter Mario's team of Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers are hopeful better warnings and regulation of acetaminophen-containing products will be successful in reducing the number of patients who suffer injuries associated with the drug each year.