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What is Tylenol (acetaminophen) poisoning?

Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, is one of the most common household medications. If used in recommended doses, it has been proven to be a safe and effective pain reliever and fever reducer for short term use. However, if used in excessive doses, or for a long time, Tylenol can cause severe damage to the liver and be life-threatening. Acetaminophen is found in many over-the-counter medications, and for that reason the FDA has asked manufacturers to limit the quantity of acetaminophen in combination medications to 325 mg. per dose. The recommendation at this time is to not exceed 4000 mg. (4 grams) of acetaminophen from all sources per 24 hours.

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