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Safe Use of Acetaminophen

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What do I need to know about the safe use of acetaminophen?

The safe use of acetaminophen means you follow guidelines to prevent an overdose. An overdose means you took more than is safe to take. It may also be called acetaminophen poisoning. An acetaminophen overdose can cause life-threatening liver damage.

What safety guidelines do I need to follow?

Talk to your healthcare provider or a pharmacist if you have any questions about acetaminophen safety. The following are general guidelines:

What do I need to know about an acetaminophen overdose?

Seek immediate care for any possible overdose. Treatment is most effective when started within 8 hours of the overdose.

What should I do if I think my child or I took too much acetaminophen?

Immediately call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 .

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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