Acetaminophen Liver Damage
Acetaminophen is the well known painkiller with the brand name of Tylenol®; however, generic versions are available. Acetaminophen is used in narcotic medications called Darvocet® and Percocet®. The human body breaks down Acetaminophen in the liver turning it into safe components that are removed through urine. However, Acetaminophen has harmful consequences when it metabolizes into N-acetyl-p-benzoquinoneimine (NAPQI). After a person consumes unsafe doses of Acetaminophen the liver must metabolize a toxic amount of NAPQI. The consequence of this is liver damage and may even cause death.
Acetaminophen overdose can be fatal or cause uncomfortable side effects which may lead to lifelong consequences. Some of the side effects of Acetaminophen are: fever, chills, blood in stool, blood in urine, cloudy urine, sharp lower side back pain, ulcer, rash, itching, sore throat, weakness, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), and sudden fatigue.