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Overdose of tylenol medication - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My friend just swallowed about 20 tylenol pills, what do you think will happen to her? She is being taken to the hospital right now.
Doctor :   hi
User :   hey
Doctor :   Dr. XXXXXXXX here.
User :   good evening Dr. AAAAAAA
Doctor :   Tylenol overdose wil cause severe nausea and vomiting
Doctor :   when did she take them?
User :   maybe an hour or less ago
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   if she has been taken to hospital immediately she will be fine
Doctor :   do not worry
Doctor :   they will examine her
User :   she had already begun vomiting before leaving the house.
Doctor :   and may be do a stomach wash to get all th emedications out
User :   a lot of information I read spoke of liver failure and death.
Doctor :   if she stil has symptoms of overdose
Doctor :   they will give her antidote to control symptoms.
User :   is this antidote available over the counter, or just in hospitals?
Doctor :   it takes time for liver failure, if she has been taking tylenol or any other NSAID since a long time then it can cause potential damage to liver
Doctor :   it is not available over the counter,
Doctor :   it is only available on prescription and in emergency care.
User :   why? I hear a lot of people have died from overdosing on tylenol.
Doctor :   she has got help in time,
Doctor :   she will be fine if the antidote is given on time
Doctor :   to reverse the effcets of tylkenol
Doctor :   and she shoul dbe fine in 1-4 days time
Doctor :   depending on how much drug got absorbed in her system
User :   I heard in europe they give the antidote packaged with the medicine to prevent liver damage
User :   why not in the US?
Doctor :   the medications in a country is controlled by the drug control board
Doctor :   this is their scope to act upon
User :   is there another type of medicine that has a similar effect to tylenol that is less risky?
Doctor :   Simple paracetamol has similar action ,and is less risky, but overdose of any medication will have its effects
Doctor :   the risk is low only when taken in correct and prescribed dose.
User :   I see, thank you for your information doctor.
User :   Have a nice day / night (depending on your location)
Doctor :   is there anything else you would like to ask me?
User :   no, you've been very informative, I appreciate it.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now. Please chat with our doctors 24/7 for medical queries. Please refer your friends to our service.
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