16 Dec '11, 5am

Woman dies after taking 'a few extra' paracetamol pills a day

LONDON - A young mother in Britain died after mistakenly overdosing on paracetamol to relieve the pain of a minor operation. The death of Desiree Phillips, 20, follows studies showing that "staggered overdoses" of paracetamol over the course of a few days can be more dangerous than a single, massive overdose. Phillips, of Llanelli, South Wales, had a routine procedure to remove several benign lumps from her breast earlier this year. Doctors prescribed antibiotics and over-the-counter paracetamol to help her cope with the discomfort. Nine days after the operation, she was taken to hospital in excruciating pain and diagnosed with liver failure. She underwent a liver transplant but died a week later at Birmingham Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Her father, Mr Des Phillips, said he believed his daughter had been taking only "a few extra tablets" than the recommended dose of eight ev...

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