Paracetamol Poisoning

Paracetamol poisoning occurs due to excessive intake of Paracetamol. The risk factors of Paracetamol poisoning are malnutrition, certain medications, and alcoholism. The initial symptoms are feeling tired, abdominal pain, or nausea. After two days, blood clotting problems, confusion, and yellowish skin occur as a result of liver failure. The other complications are kidney failure, pancreatitis, and lactic acidosis.

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My wife accidentally overdosed our 10-year-old daughter on Calpol 650 mg tablets. Will it harm her?

Query: Hello doctor, My 10-year-old daughter weighs about 73 pounds. My wife accidentally gave my daughter one and a half Calpol 650 tablets three times a day (in a single day). We are also giving her the syrup Bro-Zedex about 7 ml. Is this regarded as a serious overdose? Should I be concerned? Are there a...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query, and below is my suggestion. Your daughter has been given a 450 mg overdose. Up to 2475 mg per day can be the maximum dose that can be allowable. So yes, she has been given an overdose of Paracetamol. I suggest you seek medical help from a nearby...  Read Full »

Who should not take the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother is 54 years old. She had a minor operation a few years ago and was under some medicines, including Paracetamol. She then developed an allergic reaction to Paracetamol that manifested as swelling of the body and lasted for several days. She consulted a doctor and took some medici...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern. I suggest you repeat the allergic test and then take the COVID-19 Vaccines (Coronavirus Disease-2019). That will be a better idea because if she is sensitive to any other medicine, there might be severe side eff...  Read Full »

How can you tell the difference between food poisoning or possible Acetaminophen poisoning?

Query: Hello doctor, How can you tell the difference between food poisoning or possible Acetaminophen poisoning? I ask this because I used the internet to look up for my symptoms. And it is two days since when my symptoms started. I took 4 tablets of Tylenol rapid release and an hour before that I had...  Read Full »

Dr. Divakara. P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The active ingredient in tablet tylenol is Paracetamol also known as Acetaminophen. Frequent bowel movements is not a symptom of Paracetamol poisoning. So I will tell that you do not have Paracetamol poisoning and it is food poisoning. Also the ...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for paracetamol poisoning?

Query: Hi doctor, My friend took 4 g of Paracetamol yesterday morning for back pain. Then, he visited the hospital yesterday evening for Paracetamol poisoning. What is the treatment for this situation?  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to More than 3.5 g of Acetaminophen can cause liver toxicity. But, one time dose should not cause too much harm. Technically, if it is more than two to four days, then the accumulative effect is dangerous. Since he went late, I doubt that he would have received the...  Read Full »

I accidentally took ten tablets of Codamol in the last 24 hours. Will it harm me?

Query: Hello doctor, I accidentally took 5000 mg of tablet Paracetamol in the last 24 hours. Will it harm me? Kindly suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Saumya Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You would be fine if you do not have an allergy to the tablet Paracetamol and if your liver has no prior damage. But avoid taking it further. And do take it in the prescribed dose. Thank you.  Read Full »

Why did I not have a liver damage despite consuming 60 tablets of Paracetamol in two days?

Query: Hello doctor, Six months back, I took an overdose of Paracetamol tablets. I took 30 tablets once, 20 tablets after two days, and 10 more a few hours later. Three days later, I was taken to the hospital, and my tests did not show any liver damage. I did not vomit; however, I felt very nauseous. Also...  Read Full »

Dr. Prakashkumar P Bhatt

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and will surely help you out. 60 tablets of 500 mg Paracetamol tablets are definitely a fatal dose; however, as you consumed them in installments, it has prevented liver damage. The tablets get metabolized in 8 to 16 hours. It is not reco...  Read Full »

I am having severe headaches even after the fever subsided. What can be the cause?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been suffering from headaches for the past two weeks, which were not continuous. I had a fever for two weeks, and I took tablet Paracetamol three times a day for three days, and only then did the headache start. Four days after the fever subsided, I again took a tablet Paracetamol ...  Read Full »

Dr. Florilyn Joyce Chulsi Bentrez

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Supposedly, a benign headache will go away on its own. So, I suggest taking tablet Norgesic (Orphenadrine Citrate, Aspirin, and Caffeine) for headaches. However, if the headache progresses or worsens for more than tw...  Read Full »

What should I do if I have taken seven 500mg crocin(paracetamol) tablets together?

Query: Hi, What should I do if I have taken seven 500 mg crocin tablets together?  Read Full »

Dr. Ignatius Soon

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If you indeed took 7 x 500mg crocin tablets which on the GSK website are paracetamol tablets, your total dose is 7X500mg = 3500mg of Paracetamol. The answer would depend on how heavy you are. Most of the time, the toxic dose is 200mg per kilogram. For example, if you ...  Read Full »

What are the effects of Paracetamol poisoning?

Query: Hi doctor, My cousin is a 20-year-old female with a weight of 73 kg and a height of 5'6 feet. She took 18 tablets of Dolo 650 in a day. What will happen to her? She took the medicine yesterday, and she vomited it after eating some food in the evening. Now, she is feeling quite well. What can happen...  Read Full »

Dr. Pawar Satyajit Jalinder

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your query and understand your concern. I would like to know the following: 1) Does she have any symptoms like nausea, malaise, vomiting, or abdominal pain? 2) How many hours have passed since she has taken the PCM (Paracetamol) tablets? 3) Di...  Read Full »

Will accidental intake of Paracetamol tablet by a child cause Paracetamol poisoning?

Query: Hello doctor, My child ate a Paracetamol tablet (not fully) a few minutes back. But he did not vomit. Is it a serious issue? What should we do?  Read Full »

Dr. Sudhakar Palanisamy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Paracetamol poisoning is one of the most common poisonings in children. Considering your baby's average weight (around 10 kg), the dose is 65 mg/kg (650 mg tablet), which is a very high dose. Though the average toxic dose is 200 mg/kg, and the dose is very high, we nee...  Read Full »

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