Acetaminophen, the omnipresent medicine used by many for reducing pain and fever, may be most commonly known as Tylenol, but it is also found in other fever-reducing medicines. With all of the illnesses going around this time of year, a lot of acetaminophen is being given to kids, and care must be taken.
When used appropriately, acetaminophen is effective and generally safe—but too much of it can be fatal. And an overdose can occur more easily than you think.
Acetaminophen is a drug that is metabolized (broken down in the liver). If a person takes too much acetaminophen, the drug will overwhelm the liver and damage it. This is dangerous.
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