Author(s): Parker D, White JP, Paton D, Routledge PA
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Abstract Twenty patients who had taken overdoses of paracetamol were treated with acetylcysteine between 12 and 24 hours after the incident. Although 19 patients had plasma paracetamol concentrations greater than those associated with a 90\% risk of moderate to severe liver damage, this complication occurred in only seven (35\%) individuals. No patient developed hepatic encephalopathy or acute renal failure and all recovered without sequelae. We conclude that acetylcysteine administration up to 24 hours following paracetamol overdose is not dangerous and may prevent further liver damage.
This article was published in Hum Exp Toxicol
and referenced in Journal of Drug Metabolism & Toxicology