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Overdose of Migraine medication - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hi. i took 6 Excedrin Extra strength pills 5 hours ago almost
Doctor :   Can you please let me know the dosage of Acetaminophen in each pill
User :   250
Doctor :   What is your age?
User :   26
Doctor :   Ok I hope you have not repeated the dose again now
User :   no
Doctor :   Ok please do not take it again
Doctor :   You just have to wait and watch
Doctor :   It does not usually harm with 6 tablets
Doctor :   You just watch for black tarry stools
Doctor :   Bleeding for mouth or in the stool
Doctor :   jaundice
Doctor :   Vomitings with reboudn headache
User :   how long does do symptoms start
Doctor :   Within 24 to 48 hours
Doctor :   Hence watch for them
Doctor :   if you have any doubt please vfsit ER
User :   what should i do
Doctor :   You just have to wait and watch
Doctor :   Nothing actively to be done
Doctor :   Drink good amounts of water
Doctor :   High doses of Acetaminophen can cause liver damage
User :   i drink alot of water during the day
Doctor :   Good
Doctor :   Do not consume alcohol for next 1 month
User :   i dont drink alcohol
Doctor :   Do not use any other over-the-counter cough, cold, allergy medicine also
User :   for how long
User :   how much water should i drink
Doctor :   3 to 4 lts per day
User :   how many glasses is that
Doctor :   The medicine should not be used for next one week
Doctor :   So you just wait and watch for the above symptoms
Doctor :   Follow the above precautions
User :   so i should drink alot of water
Doctor :   Yes
User :   what does the water do
Doctor :   It eliminates the toxins fast
User :   should i start drinking water now
Doctor :   Yes
User :   how does the water eliminates the toxins fast
Doctor :   I wanted to know what made you take 6 Execedrin tab at a time, May I?
User :   i wasnt thinking. was having a bad day. how does the water eliminates the toxins fast
Doctor :   It increases the excretion in the kidneys
Doctor :   Ofcourse it first passes through the liver
Doctor :   and then into the gut
Doctor :   and finally eliminated by stool and urine
Doctor :   Hence good to stimulate the bile duct and the kidney
Doctor :   to eliminate fast
User :   okay. how long does it usually take to do all of that
Doctor :   One week
Doctor :   For now watch for the symptoms like ringing in ears, headache, bleeding in stool, vomiting etc
User :   wat should i do if i have those
Doctor :   You have to immediately rush to ER
User :   okay. would drinking alot of water help not to have those
Doctor :   No
User :   okay. how long does it take to have those symptoms
Doctor :   24 to 48 hours
User :   okay. someone i know overdorse on tyenol pm last week and he said didnt have no symptoms
Doctor :   Yeah it can happen
Doctor :   Excedrin may not cause symptoms for you too but watching for them is wise
User :   okay. i will watch for them. do it matter if u didnt take all 6 at one shoot
Doctor :   No
Doctor :   It does not matter
User :   okay
Doctor :   The maximum dose of Excedrin is 3 tablets per day
User :   okay
User :   in you opinion wat u think will happen
Doctor :   Nothing shall happen
Doctor :   But be watchful
Doctor :   as it can lead to irreversible liver damage
User :   okay. how many it take for you to have those symptoms for real
Doctor :   hours?
User :   to have serve symptoms
Doctor :   I said it to be 24 to 48 hours
Doctor :   After the initial symptoms it does not take much time to go into severity
Doctor :   that is the reason why I ask to look for early symptoms
Doctor :   Make sure that you do not repeat this mistake of overdosing any drug in future
User :   i wont

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