According to an article in Rheumatology News authored by Mary Ann Moon, 4 per cent of hospitalized adolescents and adults in 2 academic hospitals received excessive doses of acetaminophen. Nearly half received more than 5 gms a day and 40% received excessive dosing for 3 or more days. These doses put the patients at increased risk of liver damage and death. The findings were published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
This is pretty sobering data.You should have a family member with you if you’re in the hospital to act as an advocate and also to check on medicines.
Acetaminophen liver damage is one of the top reasons for liver transplants. Many arthritis patients use this as an adjunctive therapy for pain relief. Taken long term it is not a good thing.
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