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What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking acetaminophen if you have:
 
  • Liver disease, such as cirrhosis, liver failure, or hepatitis
  • G6PD deficiency (a certain enzyme deficiency)
  • Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
     
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
 
  • Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding
  • Drink alcohol regularly.
     
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Acetaminophen to learn more, including information on who should not take acetaminophen.)
 

What If I Take an Overdose?

People who take too much acetaminophen may have overdose symptoms that could include:
 
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Appetite loss
  • Sweating
  • Irritability
  • Abdominal pain, especially near the liver (the upper right part of the abdomen)
  • Diarrhea
  • Yellow eyes or skin
  • Liver failure
  • Kidney failure
  • Heart problems
  • Coma
  • Seizures
  • Loss of life.
     
If you happen to overdose, seek medical attention immediately.
 
(Click Acetaminophen Overdose for more information.)
 
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