Painkiller overdose common in hospitals

November 13, 2012 2:50:37 PM PST
We've heard about how many people outside the hospital, using different medications, go over the daily limit of acetaminophen by accident. Now, a study shows it also happens at hospitals.

A new study out of Boston found that one out of every 15 patients getting acetaminophen at several big academic hospitals was getting too much.

And that included patients already with liver disease. Over-dosing on acetaminophen, can lead to liver failure.

Many times people don't realize how many products contain the drug. And if they are taking multiple drugs, it can add up quickly.

In the study, patients who were getting acetaminophen doses around the clock, taking a combination of drugs, and people with arthritis were the most likely to get too much. Elderly patients were also more likely to get overdoses.


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