Why Tylenol can cause more pain than it eases
Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:50:06 GMT —
In our Facebook Story of the Day, you wanted to know how much acetaminophen is too much to take.
Fox 31 spoke to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital who says you should not exceed 3,000 milligrams total per day - but do not take more 2,500 milligrams from drugs like Ibuprofen or Motrin.
"Those maximum dosages are put on the packages so that we don't progress to the point where it overwhelms our body's ability to metabolize acetaminophen. Those dosages have been well researched," said Phoebe Putney Medical Director, James Black.
Acetaminophen is found in other unexpected medications - pain relievers leave a little bit of room so that people don't accidentally overdose.
If you exceed 3,000 milligrams, contact a health professional immediately.
Even if you're not experiencing symptoms like stomach pain or nausea, your kidneys can suffer damage which can result in jaundice or even death.