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Alternative namesPoisoning from an overdose of acetaminophen.
Note: This list is not all inclusive.
Commonly found dosage forms and strengths:
There is no home treatment. Contact Poison Control immediately if someone has consumed an overdose of acetamenophen: 1-800-222-1222 .
Extreme overdose of acetomenophen can lead to death in several days but can be treated effectively if rapid treatment is administered.
Before Calling EmergencyDetermine the following information:
Poison Control, or a local emergency number
The Poison Control or local emergency telephone representative will instruct you if it is necessary to take the patient to the hospital. The national Poison Control hotline can be reached at 1-800-222-1222 .Take the container with you to the emergency room.
What to expect at the emergency roomSome or all of the following procedures may be performed:
Expectations (prognosis)Prognosis is related to the amount of acetamenophen ingested and how soon treatment is started. If treatment is started within 8 hours of ingestion, or a less than toxic dose is ingested, there is a very good chance of recovery.
Update Date: 5/23/2003Todd Severson, M.D., Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT