Acetaminophen poisoning is an overdose of the over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication, acetaminophen (eg, Tylenol). These drugs are usually safe when used as recommended. The maximum daily dose of acetaminophen is four grams. Patients with chronic diseases (especially liver disease) may need to limit themselves to three grams a day. Acetaminophen poisoning may occur as a result of one large dose or chronic overdoses. This is a potentially serious condition that requires care from your doctor.
An overdose of acetaminophen can result from:
Intentional overdose (eg, suicide attempt)
Accidental overdose (eg, unsupervised children, altered judgment regarding appropriate acetaminophen intake, or when abusing alcohol))
Combining medications that contain acetaminophen (Acetaminophen is found in more combination products than any other drug; examples include acetaminophen and codeine, as well as acetaminophen and aspirin.)
Toxic levels of acetaminophen may also occur in patients with liver failure who are taking recommended doses
A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition.
The following factors increase your chance of developing acetaminophen poisoning:
Age: 15-24 years or older than 40 years (People over 40 are more likely to have severe effects.)
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