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Is there a cure for Tylenol (acetaminophen) poisoning?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

In many cases of Tylenol (acetaminophen) poisoning, a person is able to recover fully. The administration of activated charcoal in early stages of poisoning can prevent the liver from absorbing toxic amounts of the medication and make hospitalization unnecessary. However, in cases of extreme overdoses, the timeliness of treatment greatly factors into a person's chance at full recovery. If treatment with N-acetylcysteine (NAL) is begun within eight hours, it is almost certain the person will recover. However, if the liver has sustained too much damage, your only option may be turn to treatments for liver failure, because NAL cannot heal damage once it has occurred.

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