vrijdag 13 januari 2012

Paracetamol (acetaminophen) is de meest algemene oorzaak voor leverfalen

Acetaminophen poisoning has become the most common cause of acute liver failure in the United States," report the authors of a study, published in Hepatology. While attempted suicides still account for many cases, almost half are the result of unintentional overdose.
Acetaminophen, also known as Paracetamol, is the most widely used pain reliever in the United States — 36 percent of Americans ingest it at least once a month — but taking more than the recommended dose can lead to fatal liver injury.
While intentional overdoses generally present early after ingestion and can be treated with the amino acid N-acetylcysteine (NAC), unintentional overdoses are usually not recognized until later.
If you're taking acetaminophen (Tyelenol or Excedrin) please take 500mg of NAC a day. NAC can be purchased at any health food store.

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