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How Dangerous is Acetaminophen (Tylenol)?

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This six minute video is full of great information and stories about the dangers of Acetaminophen. Tylenol is the leading cause of of liver failure in the US

In late 1982 the chicago tylenol murders occurred when seven people died after taking pain relief medicine capsules that had been laced with poison it shocked the u.s. the nation hung on every potential lead in fact reported by the media americans were outraged in johnson & johnson the makers of tylenol offer a $100,000 reward to help find the killer now 30

Years later and the fda reports that tylenol not laced with poison kills more than seven people every month where’s the shock where’s the media where’s the outrage where is the reward if deaths from toxic effects from nsaids and acetaminophen over-the-counter and prescription were tabulated separately in the national vital statistics reports these effects would

Constitute the seventh or eighth most common cause of death in the united states yet these toxic effects remain mainly a silent epidemic every pain killer has unplanned and unpredictable side effects there is a thin line between the drug working as in medicine and when it becomes a poison liver toxicity from acetaminophen poisoning is by far the most common cause

Of acute liver failure in the united states my son marcus injured his wrist the doctor prescribed a cinnamon ofin with codeine when that expired he used over-the-counter acetaminophen easter sunday he went to the hospital eight days later with no liver donor available we stood next to our 23 year old son’s hospital bed and watched and listened as he slowly slipped

From our lives our previously healthy happy son was gone acetaminophen overdose is the leading cause of liver failure in the us and the united kingdom and the leading cause of calls to the poison control centers across the u.s. it is estimated that acetaminophen poisoning calls exceed 100,000 per year there are an estimated 56,000 emergency room visits 26,000

Hospitalizations and 458 deaths related to acetaminophen associated overdoses per year fitness instructor donna bishop tried to fight a nasty cold by taking over-the-counter drugs including paracetamol acetaminophen without realizing she was overdosing the mother of one was rushed to the hospital by ambulance and died three days later from liver failure caused

By a parasite amol overdose many americans may be unaware of the active ingredients and potential side effects of popular over-the-counter pain relievers according to a new study acetaminophen the ingredient in tylenol is found in more than 600 over-the-counter and prescription medications but ignorance about which medications contain acetaminophen may be why

Acetaminophen overdose has become the leading cause of acute liver failure in the united states a recent study demonstrated that only 31% of americans knew that tylenol contains acetaminophen if you take tylenol for four days as directed you may be at risk of liver damage maddie was in nineteen year old healthy sophomore in college she was on the dean’s list and

In the pride of oklahoma marching band maddie had pain so she took nine extra-strength tylenol a day for three weeks instead of the recommended dosage of 8 her liver failed and she died in a couple of days twenty eight billion acetaminophen dose is purchased over-the-counter and 130 million prescriptions that is enough pain meds for every american over the age of

20 to take 173 doses of acetaminophen each year those numbers are pretty alarming when research shows that organ damage can take place in just four days of recommended use what began with a toothache ends with liver failure as 49 year-old mark eden took over-the-counter acetaminophen and ibuprofen because he couldn’t afford to go to the dentist my name is rebecca

Drake and i’m a pharmacist thank you for allowing me time to share my story my 24 year old sister died from an unintentional overdose of acetaminophen which was taken over a period of only two weeks as a me outgoing and fun-loving young woman she was preparing for her first trip abroad our brother’s wedding in thailand she suffered acute liver failure and died

Last year despite a last-minute liver transplant this is scary information and what is clear is that the billion-dollar drug companies have not adequately educated your friends and family to the dangers of their drugs are you ready for the painkiller challenge make sure that all your friends and family know about the dangers of these painkillers how would you feel

If you were rebecca and you had this knowledge but your sister didn’t and she died or if one of your friends children had liver failure and you never told them the wall street journal says here is what everyone needs to know it’s easy to take more than the recommended daily dose without realizing it the margin between a safe dose and a potentially lethal one is

Small the first symptoms of acute liver failure caused by an overdose seemed like the flu and don’t set in for several days acetaminophen –hz have killed more americans since the start of the war in iraq than the soldiers that have been killed in iraq and afghanistan combined this has to stop share this video with your family and friends it may save their lives

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How Dangerous is Acetaminophen (Tylenol)? By PainKiller Awareness