Dangers of Acetominophen

Tylenol is an over-the-counter medication easily available to the public used generally for reducing pain and fever, as well as alleviating the symptoms of flu, cough, colds, and allergies. Its active ingredient is acetaminophen, known worldwide as paracetamol, which is an antipyretic and analgesic. It was first marketed for children but was then widely used as a pain-killer, dominating the American pain-reliever market.

The easy accessibility of Tylenol on the market has given way to a number of patients suffering from overdoes with others even resulting to serious health complications and deaths. Tylenol is said to be responsible to as many as 78,000 emergency room visits, with 26,000 people being hospitalized and 450 deaths due to overdosing and health complications. One of the most common and alarming complications from overdosing from Tylenol is liver disease or liver damage.

Due to the increasing number of lawsuits being filed, the manufacturers of Tylenol (McNeil consumer Healthcare, under Johnson & Johnson) says that there will soon be a red warning alert on the bottles of Tylenol to inform the patients regarding the dangers of overdosing on the active ingredient acetaminophen. Overdosing on acetaminophen is the leading factor for liver failure.

According to the National Injury Law Center, even taking the right dosage can still put a patient in danger of the side effects of acetaminophen, especially if they are mixing it with other medications that also contain acetaminophen. Known as “double dipping”, these are often the cause for many accidental overdosing. Taking Tylenol as recommended is deemed as safe (with minimal side effects), but it can damage the liver if it is taken on higher dosages.

The problem that FDA and regulators face and are tackling is that people are not generally aware of the dangers of acetaminophen: aside from Tylenol, there are other medications that contain acetaminophen (there are more than 600 out in the market, including Vicodin and Percocet). Presently, FDA has required over-the-counter medicines that contain acetaminophen as an active ingredient to have a warning regarding serious liver damage.

Causes of Car Accidents

Among the many causes of car accidents, alcohol may be the most prominent one. Drunk driving is credited as one of the leading causes of road accidents and is said to be responsible for 50 percent of all road fatalities. This may be one of the most misleading information regarding drunk driving and alcohol-related accidents.

In truth, rather than 50 percent, drunk driving is responsible for 10 percent of the alcohol-related accidents. This may still be a significant amount, but far from what people believe it to be. What really happens is that any accidents that occur that are alcohol-related, regardless of whether the one who caused the accident or the victim is the one who was drunk, is considered drunk driving accidents. Only a handful of these accidents are actually caused by drunk driving, where the driver behind the wheel has an above the required BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) level of 0.08. Some statistics does hold true, though: that those who have a higher BAC level tend to have a bigger chance of getting into a fatal accident when they choose to get behind the wheel.

For people who have fallen victim to drunk drivers, any injuries and damages that they lost can be compensated when they file for a personal injury claim. According to the Law Offices of Williams Kherkher, who have ample experience in representing such clients, financial compensation from the personal injury claim can help in settling medical bills, lost wages, property damages, pain and suffering, and other damages that occurred during and after the car accident.

Personal injury claims regarding a car accident may be justifiable if the cause of the accident is drunk driving. However, it may be unfair to have such excessive fines and penalties to those who have not caused any property or physical harm, and the alcohol present does not have any effect or cause negative situations. Even with the strong advocacy against drinking and driving, what can help in preventing future car accidents due to drunk driving would be to abstain from taking alcohol.