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how much acetaminophen is too much?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Depends?: The recommended limit on use of Acetaminophen for adults if 4 grams a day. If you have liver disease, it is much less if any at all. Drinking alcohol would preclude these doses. "tylenol" is metabolized in the liver and anything affecting the liver is to be considered seriously. Consider alternatives such as ibuprofen. If in doubt, discuss with your pcp or with your pharmacist. Be careful!
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 34 years experience
It depends: This is an important question. Too much acetaminophen is dangerous. According to Epocrates, a drug information program, most healthy adults can get up to about 1,000 mg in 4 hrs, and 4,000 mg (4 grams) per day safely. Children should get less, based on their age or weight. Read labels carefully, and ask your doctor or nurse if unsure.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

How much acetaminophen does it take to kill you?

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Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine 28 years experience
It depends on ....: Several factors. Body size, other illnesses, etc. I am concerned why you asked. Are you thinking about overdosing? If so, please talk to someone instead. You can go to an er, or call a suicide hotline 1-800-273-8255. Please. There are people who want to help you.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What should I do if i took too much acetaminophen?

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Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine 28 years experience
See below: Depends on how much is 'too much'. If one extra tablet one time, probably ok. If more that 2 extra tablets, should go to er. If 1 or 2 extra on multiple occasions should see your doctor. Also if you drink alcohol, it could be more serious. Tylenol (acetaminophen) can cause serious liver damage, & alcohol can make it worse.
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A 19-year-old male asked:

Is 2, 000mg of acetaminophen in one dose too much?

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Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Yes. Too much: Maximum recommended at one dose is 1000 mg with max of 4000 mg total per day. This daily max is expected to be lowered soon. Higher dosage can harm your liver. If you have taken that much, degree of damage may depend on how long you have been doing that. Your doctor can test your liver enzymes to get an idea of how serious your condition is.
A 30-year-old member asked:

How can I know if i take too much acetaminophen?

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Dr. Robert Kent
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 12 years experience
You may not be able: To tell. Do not take more than the recommended dosing. If you are causing any liver damage, you will need a blood test that checks liver enzymes to see if you are causing damage or not. Avoid ever taking more than 3 grams of Acetaminophen in a 24 hour period. Congenital issues, liver issues and other medications can make you even more sensitive.Discuss with your physician the need for blood tests.
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Pulmonary Critical Care 36 years experience
why would you want to take tylenol anyway? It is risky with herbal and "natural" supplements and alcohol also. Aspirin is safer and does a better job.
Dec 23, 2013
A 37-year-old member asked:

Can i take too much acetaminophen?

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Dr. Robert Kent
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 12 years experience
Yes: For a healthy individual, it is recommended to not use more than 3 grams in a 24 hour period.

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