According to researchers at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, approximately 2.5 percent of admitted hospital patients receive more than the safe cumulative daily dose of the pain reliever acetaminophen. In fact, the study found that patients taking more than one drug containing acetaminophen can ingest up to four grams of the drug per day.
Because acetaminophen is a drug that nearly everyone has taken – it is sold under the brand name Tylenol – there may be a tendency to think that receiving a high dose is not a danger. Unfortunately, exposure to high amounts of the drug can negatively affect a person’s liver function.
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Source: MSN.com, “Patients May Receive Too Much Acetaminophen in Hospital,” Mary Elizabeth Dallas.