Tylenol Dangers

Tylenol® (acetaminophen) is unlikely to cause problems when taken correctly. However, it can be dangerous when taken inappropriately. In fact, Tylenol is one of the most common causes of poisonings worldwide, which can be fatal. For this reason, there are several precautions and warnings people should be aware of before taking this medication.
 
To help ensure your safety, tell your healthcare provider if you have:
 
  • Liver disease, such as cirrhosis, liver failure, or hepatitis
  • G6PD deficiency
  • Any allergies, including to food, dyes, or preservatives.
     
Also, tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or drink alcohol regularly.
 
It's important to note that this medication can damage the liver. In people who drink regularly (even in people without liver problems), normal amounts of Tylenol can cause problems.
 
In addition, overdosing on Tylenol can cause dangerous serious side effects, including:
 
  • Abdominal pain, especially near the liver (the upper-right part of the stomach)
  • Yellow eyes or skin (jaundice)
  • Liver failure
  • Heart problems
  • Seizures
  • Loss of life.
     
(To learn more about the dangers of Tylenol, click Tylenol Side Effects, Tylenol Warnings and Precautions, or Tylenol Poisoning.)
 
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