Acetaminophen toxicity cases are rising fast. Just because you can buy many medicines without a prescription doesn’t mean they’re entirely safe. Over-the-counter drugs can kill you. Liver toxicity from acetaminophen poisoning is by far the most common cause of acute liver failure in the United States, according to numerous medical reports around the country.
Acetaminophen belongs to a class of drugs called analgesics (pain relievers) and antipyretics (fever reducers). Acetaminophen relieves pain by elevating the pain threshold. It reduces fever through its action on the heat-regulating center of the brain. The side effects of acetaminophen toxicity include yellow skin or eyes, hives, itching, bleeding (bloody urine, black stool, bruising, or pinpoint red spots), fever, sore throat and decreased urine output.