Self-treatment of acetaminophen overdose with dietary-supplement acetylcysteine

Burda, Anthony T.; Ipema, Heather J.; Wahl, Michael S.
May 2011
American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy;5/1/2011, Vol. 68 Issue 9, p786
Academic Journal
The article recommends against self-management of acetaminophen overdose with dietary-supplement acetylcysteine, and mentions the lack of reports on such treatment. It highlights the case of a man with a history of alcohol abuse, who took acetylcysteine supplement over 3-4 days in order to counter acetaminophen toxicity, and emphasizes that self-administration may only lead to a delay in effective treatment on account of the patient's false sense of security.


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