(Natural News) If a natural health product or supplement was known to cause 56,000 emergency room visits, over 100,000 calls to poison control centers, 26,000 hospitalizations and more than 450 deaths each year, what are the chances that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would allow its manufacturer to continue distribution? The answer is simple: zero. And yet, as reported by Natural Health 365, statistics indicate that those are the exact figures associated with the over-the-counter drug acetaminophen, commonly known as Tylenol.
Has the FDA stopped its producer – McNeil Consumer Healthcare, owned by Johnson & Johnson – from manufacturing this dangerous drug? Not at all. It hasn't even changed it to a prescription only drug. This, despite the fact that even at the recommended dose it can cause serious side effects, including liver damage, and that overdoses can happen easily and for a number of reasons.
The risks associated with taking acetaminophen become especially acute when it is combined with alcohol, when the person taking the medication has been fasting, or when several medications are taken at once and the user is unaware that they all contain small quantities of the drug.
Even slightly exceeding the recommended dose is dangerous
Shockingly, a person might suffer an acetaminophen overdose or liver damage without even knowing that they are ingesting the drug. A pain sufferer who takes several different medications to deal with exceptionally high pain levels could easily overdose unintentionally. And this type of unintentional overdose is the most difficult to treat since doctors may not even be aware that the patient was taking the drug or may be unable to determine the exact amount ingested.