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Adult Overdose

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

An overdose occurs when you take more medicine than is safe to take. An overdose may be mild, or it may be a life-threatening emergency. You may feel drowsy, dizzy, or nauseated, depending on what medicine you took. No specific harm was found to your body as a result of your overdose. Your symptoms have decreased over the last 6 to 12 hours.


Call 911 if you or someone close to you has any of the following symptoms:

Return to the emergency department if:

Contact your healthcare provider if:

Take your medicine as directed:

Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Do not take more medicine that is prescribed. Keep your medicines in the original containers. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Do not share your medicine with others.

Prevent another overdose:

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

You may need to see a counselor or psychiatrist. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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