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How do medications treat Tylenol (acetaminophen) poisoning?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Medications used to treat Tylenol (acetaminophen) poisoning work by either reducing the absorption of the Tylenol by the liver, or by acting as an antidote by making the acetaminophen less toxic. Activated charcoal can be given within one hour of overdose, and can prevent the dangerous amounts of acetaminophen from being absorbed into a person's system. In more advanced cases, when excess acetaminophen has already become toxic, N-acetylcysteine (NAL) can act as a blocker, keeping the toxic acetaminophen from attaching to the liver proteins.

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