Acetaminophen OD Fatal for Almost 100 Annually
A large dose of acetaminophen, taken all at once or over a short period of time, may lead to severe liver damage, liver collapse or death, according to the Clinical Center for Liver Diseases at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
Center director Dr. William Lee notes that since acetaminophen is present in drugs for headache relief, flu formulas, sleeping pills, and various pain relief medications, consumers often don’t realize the total quantity of acetaminophen they have consumed, reports United Press International (UPI).
The current maximum suggested adult dose of acetaminophen is 4,000 milligrams per day. Those with liver ailments or who drink daily must limit acetaminophen intake to 2,000 mg and 3,000 mg, reports UPI.
Dr. Lee stated that around 100 deaths take place annually in the U.S due to acetaminophen poisoning and that about 15,000 people end in emergency rooms for unintentional overdose.