People who overdose on drugs have a rocky road to recovery, but acetaminophen (Tylenol) is one of the hardest overdoses to overcome. Excessive doses of Tylenol can cause sudden liver failure. Often a transplant is needed, which isn’t always an option.
But scientists may have found a clue in treating Tylenol overdoses and helping the liver recover afterward. Science Daily reported on a study about the protein p53 and its role in dealing with Tylenol overdoses.
In a study involving rats deficient in the protein, damage from Tylenol doses was much greater than those with normal amounts. However, paradoxically, these mice also recovered faster from their damage. Thus, regulation of p53 might be a significant clue in helping people who have overdosed on Tylenol. More research is needed.
Over 50,000 go to emergency rooms every year due to Tylenol overdoses. A maximum daily dose can be as little as six pills in a 24-hour period. Even regular sub-maximal doses over time can cause progressive liver damage.
Have you overdosed accidentally on acetaminophen (Tylenol)? You may be eligible for compensation. Call John Foy & Associates today for a free consultation. We can help you, but only if you call us.