Questions About Friends Od (read Below)Updated
My friend died from a Tylenol overdose. She took 16g of 500mg extra strength. She lived the first time she tried, but a couple months later, she took Tylenol again and her liver shut down and died soon after. What are the chances of dying of the same pill with the same dosage? First time she took 16g, second time she took 10g and her liver shut down. I read that 16g isn't lethal to some people? She was a little heavyset but in her weight/height range for her age. I'm just wondering if because of the first overdose - even though she lived, set up her death with the second overdose because she took the same pills with the same dosage, just a different amount.
Acetaminophen/Tylenol/Paracetamol has the potential to cause fatal overdose toxicity in amounts exceeding 4,000mgs (4gs) in any 24 hour period. It is amazing that she survived the first one, to be quite honest. That's why the FDA has changed the daily dosage limits to no more than 3,000mgs (3g) in any 24 hour period, it basically gives a bit of a cushion, in case someone takes some other medication that also contains it to help avoid so many overdose hospitalizations and fatalities.
I am not trying to minimize the death of your friend, her overdose was very tragic, so I hope you don't misunderstand. I am just trying to explain how toxic this medication can be, even though it is available over the counter. She took several times the lethal dose.
In other words, this is not an uncommon thing, in reality, it has happened many times, sadly enough.
Thus, I am not sure why anyone would say that 16gs isn't lethal for some people, because there is always a risk of death from such doses.
I hope I have helped you to understand. If not, please post and I'll try to clarify.
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