Acetaminophen overdoses can be deadly if they are not rapidly identified and treated. While the treatment is relatively simple, there are still subtleties and ambiguities. How do you identify who needs treatment? Which patients should be transferred to a facility that has liver transplantation capabilities? What are “line-crossers”? In this episode, May Yen talks us through some of the finer points of identifying and managing acute and chronic acetaminophen overdoses, particularly as it relates to older adults.
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Thanks so much for your article. I am 67 y.o. and take acetaminophen. I will be careful about dosage and watch for alternatives.
Thanks for the feedback! Being aware of the acetaminophen that is present in combined medications such as cough/cold formulations is important, so as not to go over the total daily limit.
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