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Definition - What does Acetaminophen mean?

Acetaminophen is a common pain reliever and a fever reducer used by individuals to treat a variety of health conditions including headaches, muscle aches, toothaches, arthritis, backache, colds, and fevers.

Some doctors believe that Acetaminophen may be one of the most dangerous medications which are currently sold over the counter. Poison Control Centers report they receive more than 100,000 calls per year about the medication, estimating there have been more than 56,000 emergency room visits, 2,600 hospitalizations, and an estimated 458 deaths from acute liver failure due to taking this medication. The Acute Liver Failure Study Group claims acetaminophen poisoning is responsible for nearly half of all acute liver failure cases in the United States.

Acetaminophen can be especially dangerous if combined with other medications such as hydrocodone or codeine. Patients have also suffered acute liver damage when they stagger the doses over days or weeks, when they take too many pills within a short period of time, or they take multiple medications containing acetaminophen. Acetaminophen should also not be combined with drugs or alcohol.

Medical malpractice and Acetaminophen

If you have been injured by acetaminophen, Tylenol or any other pharmaceutical drugs contact a medical malpractice lawyer. To win your drug case, however, you will have to prove the care provided by your doctor was negligent, the manufacturer was negligent, or the product was defective.

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