It began with a painful toothache. But Mark Erdman was not one to slow down, so he didn't. The 49-year-old Palm City resident kept working, kept hitting the gym every morning at 5. Without health insurance, he delayed going to the dentist for as long as he could. Over-the-counter acetaminophen and ibuprofen helped him endure the pain. The Tylenol and ibuprofen he had been taking for his toothache contributed to fatal damage to his liver and kidneys; Renee, his wife said doctors told her. At one point, he took eight over-the counter pills in a single day. He knew it was more than the recommended dose, but he never expected it to take his life. Mark died Thursday at Florida Hospital in Orlando, where he had been transferred with hopes of receiving a liver transplant.
Acetaminophen, (Tylenol) can cause serious, sometimes fatal, liver damage if taken in higher-than-recommended doses, according to a consumer update from the Food and Drug Administration. Even at the recommended dose, people who have three or more drinks a day are at greater risk of liver damage, the FDA warns. Acetaminophen is the #1 cause of liver transplants, not alcohol, and not hepatitis.
Mark's excuse for delaying his visit to the dentist was money, but it could have been fear. So many people put off going to the dentist because of fear. This fear can be paralyzing, but we can help. We emphasize and focus on helping people who cannot make that initial phone call. If you or anyone you know has this condition, please let us know. We can help!! Who knows, it may save your life.!!