The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been debating whether or not to limit the sales of acetaminophen, an over-the-counter pain reliever, to consumers after personal injury related-liver failure has led to the wrongful death of many users.  Whether or not the FDA decides to take action and ban large amounts of acetaminophen consumers of these dangerous drugs should know this:

  • 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 that could lead to the wrongful death of a loved one or you is small.
  • The first symptoms of acute liver failure caused by an overdose seem like the flu and don’t set in for several days, by which time it may be too late to save your liver and and lead to a wrongful death.

Be sure to talk to your doctor first if you plan on taking Vicodin and Percocet to treat pain.

Many unintentional overdoses prompted the FDA to recommend limits on acetaminophen, including lowering the maximum daily dose to 2,600 milligrams from 4,000 mg and limiting the amount in a single over-the-counter pill to 325 mg, from 500 mg currently.  The panel also recommended banning sales of dangerous drug pain relievers that combine opioids with acetaminophen, including Percocet and Vicodin, among the most widely prescribed drugs for medical treatments in the U.S.

Our San Diego personal injury attorneys know that in addition to causing immense emotional trauma, dangerous drugs may lead to pharmaceutical malpractice causing harm to the human body.  We encourage the FDA to limit the amount of acetaminophen in drugs such as Tylenol as this will limit the amount of personal injuries patients endure while taking the drugs.

If a loved one or you suffer any sort of personal injury after taking a prescription drug, the drug maker should be held responsible for your pain and suffering.

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