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Don't Be a Victim of Acetaminophen Poisoning

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Tylenol is one of the most common pain-relievers on the market today. It
is a well-trusted brand name, not only for pain relief, but fever
reduction as well. The key ingredient in Tylenol, acetaminophen, is found
in many other drugs on the market as well, but Tylenol is the most well
known.


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tylenol, acetaminophen, poisoning, pain, health, medicine


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Tylenol is one of the most common pain-relievers on the market today. It
is a well-trusted brand name, not only for pain relief, but fever
reduction as well. The key ingredient in Tylenol, acetaminophen, is found
in many other drugs on the market as well, but Tylenol is the most well
known. Many people who are afflicted with chronic pain, turn to Tylenol
or other acetaminophen based pain killers to help them deal with their
pain and be able to function every day.

 People who are in considerable pain, will often do anything they can to
make the pain go away. Some make the mistake of thinking that taking more
acetaminophen will reduce their pain faster and make it stay away longer
than the recommended dosage does. Little do these people know, however,
having too much acetaminophen in your system can lead to other serious
health problems. Just by taking a double dose of acetaminophen, you are
subjecting your liver to a possibly lethal dose, which could lead to
liver failure. People who are in pain don’t realize the consequences of
taking too much medicine, they just want something to help them now.
Thousands of people each year are being hospitalized for acetaminophen
overdose, and hundreds die each year, not from intentionally overdosing,
but misuse.

 A common cause for this problem is that acetaminophen is found in most
pain relievers on the market today. Many people will take Tylenol, then
an hour or so later, turn around and take a different brand name pain
killer, not realizing they are taking a double dose of basically the same
ingredients. Many diseases and conditions cause chronic pain, such as
arthritis, migraines, lupus, even down to the simple cold and flu that we
all fall victim to at one time or another. In the search for something to
lessen the pain and make day to day living more bearable, many people
will inadvertently feed too much acetaminophen into their systems. It is
important to understand that just because you may take a different type
of pain killer, it is still likely to have the same active ingredients as
the one you took before that didn’t work. Taking larger doses will not
lessen the pain any faster than a normal dose, however it will put you at
a substantially increased health risk.
 Some people are more susceptible to the side effects caused by many
medicines than others. Even a normal dosage of acetaminophen can
sometimes lead these people straight to the emergency room. It is
important to keep in mind the effects that medicine have on you
individually, before you start popping pills.

 It is a good idea to start reading the labels of any medicine you are
considering taking, especially to find out what the active ingredients
are. You are probably better off not mixing over the counter pain
relievers, just pick one that works for you and follow the recommended
dosage. Avoid the temptation to take more thinking it will work better,
as odds are high that it will do more harm to your system than good. If
you are a person who suffers from chronic daily pain, you should see your
doctor for recommendations on what to do to help alleviate it, rather
than taking treatment into your own hands with over the counter products.

				
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