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Who is most at risk of an acetaminophen overdose?

Many people consume the maximum daily dose in acetaminophen tablets without taking into account the acetaminophen that’s already part of their daily intake from other medications. Because the elderly tend to be on more medications, they are at particular risk of an overdose. People who consume several alcoholic beverages a day may also be at risk for acetaminophen poisoning while taking therapeutic doses; they are strongly advised not to exceed the recommended daily dose of 4 grams.

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