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Woman suffers liver failure taking Extra Strength Tylenol

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A Puerto Rican woman claims her taking Extra Strength Tylenol on just one occasion to treat a severe headache led to her suffering liver failure and requiring a liver transplant.

According to a report at, Michelle Ann Gonzalez Soto has filed a lawsuit against McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a division of Johnson & Johnson, for the permanent injuries she’s suffered after taking the ubiquitous over-the-counter medication.

Soto claims in her lawsuit she suffered acetaminophen toxicity after taking two tablets one night before bedtime to treat a headache. She awoke that night vomiting, feeling nauseous with stomach pain. She took two more Extra Strength Tylenol for those symptoms. Those symptoms were not allayed by the effects of Tylenol and Soto went to a local emergency room where she was given two more tablets.

A week later, Soto returned to the same emergency room, feeling no better and appearing pale and “yellowish.” She was diagnosed with acute liver failure and transferred to another hospital unit. After receiving a liver transplant, she is now forced to take medication for the rest of her life.

Soto claims Johnson & Johnson intentionally fails to warn the public about the dangers of acetaminophen and its potential dangers to the liver. She also claims the drugs are marketed to encourage more use of the drugs – allowing up to 4,000 milligrams daily – and only including a very fine-print warning about dangers of the drug.

The report indicates the Food and Drug Administration has identified acetaminophen overdose as the leading cause of liver failure in the U.S. disclaimer: This article: Woman suffers liver failure taking Extra Strength Tylenol was posted on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 at 3:17 am at and is filed under Defective Drug Lawsuits.

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