24 Nov '11, 3am

Just taking a few extra paracetamol pills a day may lead to overdose and even death: Study

LONDON - Taking just a few extra paracetamol tablets a day over time could lead to a dangerous overdose and even death, a new study suggests. Overdoses of paracetamol, an over-the-counter pain reliever, are the leading cause of acute liver failure in Britain, usually occurring when patients take too many tablets at once. But doctors are now concerned that patients who innocently exceed the recommended daily dose of eight 500mg tablets on a regular basis could be at even greater risk because their problem is harder to spot. Dr Kenneth Simpson of Edinburgh University and his team studied out of 663 patients admitted to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for severe, paracetamol-induced liver injury. They found 161 cases of patients who took "staggered overdoses" and were a third more likely to die. Those patients were found to have a greater chance of liver and brain problems, ...

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