Show: August 19, 2012:
- How easy is it to overdose on acetaminophen?
- Which common surgeries can increase your heart attack risk?
- What is the relationship between kidney stones and obesity?
- Can autism be attributed to metabolic disorders during pregnancy?
- How can writing facilitate weight loss?
- What does the transplant recovery process involve?
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How easy is it to overdose on acetaminophen?
Interview: Laura James, M.D., Professor of pediatrics at the University of Arkansas
Many people may unknowingly be placing themselves in danger by taking too many drugs containing acetaminophen, the common active ingredient in Tylenol and other pain medicines. Current recommendations suggest that adults take no more than 4,000 milligrams in a 24-hour period; one extra-strength Tylenol capsule alone contains 500 milligrams. Laura James, M.D., professor of pediatrics at the University of Arkansas joins “Sound Medicine” host Kathy Miller to discuss the health effects of an acetaminophen overdose and how widespread this problem is among adults.