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Tylenol Overdose: More Common than You Think

Summary: Tylenol is one of the most common OTC drugs. But even a small amount over the recommended dose can be dangerous.
Air Date: 9/27/13
Duration: 10
Host: Dr. Leigh Vinocur, MD
Guest Bio: Dr. Gary Goodman, MD
Dr. Gary Goodman is an emergency physician practicing multiple hospitals in central Florida. He is a Diplomat of both the American Board of Internal Medicine and American Board of Emergency Medicine. He holds the rank of Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Central Florida, School of Medicine. Dr. Goodman is a graduate from the Ross University School of Medicine and has been in practice for 13 years. His interests include: Emergency Medicine, EMS, Disaster Management, Trauma, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Infectious Disease Medicine, and Advanced Airway Management.
Tylenol Overdose: More Common than You Think
Tylenol, or acetaminophen, is one of the most commonly used over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.

However, it can be extremely dangerous. In fact, over 150 people die each year from an acetaminophen overdose.

Even as few as 4-8 extra pills a day can do severe harm to your liver and the rest of your body.

Acetaminophen is especially dangerous for children, as many of the children formulas for colds and flu contain it. Parents -- to no fault of their own -- often over-medicate, simply due to concern for their little one.

The dangers are very real. Special guest, Dr. Gary Goodman, MD, joins Dr. Leigh to share important information about acetaminophen and how you can avoid a deadly overdose.
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