The history behind this post is as follows. I posted this on another site a while ago at the request of one of the admins of that site. Her daughter attempted to commit suicide multiple times (she since grew out of doing that). This was an online gaming site that had a lot of younger members, and we wanted them to understand the danger of taking too much of a "Safe" drug. What this girl did to herself bothered me so much I wanted to share the story in the hope others will learn from it.
Tylenol, how safe is this drug.
This is *******. As many of you know, I'm an RN (Nurse). I recently experienced just how dangerous Tylenol is.
This is not an urban legend, or from someone who heard it from a friend's sisters brother's cousin ...etc. I saw this myself.
I admitted a 23-year-old young woman to my tele/stepdown unit, after she overdosed on Tylenol. We estimate that she took 15 to 20 grams in one go. The max dose is 1 gram at a time, and 4 grams in 24 hours. She was having a fight with her boyfriend, and he didn't want to listen. She had been drinking, and went into the bathroom. She took half a bottle of Tylenol before her boyfriend could stop her. She wouldn't go to the hospital, but finally did 36 hours later, when she started feeling poorly.
Now Tylenol is what is called hepatotoxic, or poisonous to the liver. The liver is the main chemical plant for the body. So when you shock it with this much Tylenol, it stops working properly, is damaged, and is sometimes destroyed, leading to death. Her main advantage was her youth. She wasn't going to die..........YET.
In the ER, she was having some seizure activity and loss of consciousness. She was given the antidote for Tylenol, but the damage was done. Her liver enzymes went through the roof. Unfortunately, so did her renal (kidney) enzymes. She ended up in ICU for a week, and was in hospital for 3 to 4 weeks. Her liver enzymes came down, but there is still damage. Her kidneys never recovered. She is now on dialysis.
If she came to hospital ASAP, she would have been given the antidote then, and probably only received minor damage, and probably not be on dialysis now.
This young woman took Tylenol to get attention. Bad Idea. She crippled herself, and WILL die young. Even though we saved her life now. Even if you don't die, you have to live with the consequences.
If anyone is thinking of suicide, if you are reading this now, you are near friends. There is always someone you can talk to, or if you want it more anonymous, via Internet - http://suicidehotlines.com/national.html
or call 1800-784-2433 for a national help line. You Are Not Alone. And a boy/girl is not worth your life. Talk to someone, get some help.
If you find someone who took pills, dial 911 ASAP. Don't let them stop you by saying they are fine. If they were fine, they wouldn't be taking pills. And the faster you get them to hospital, the less damage will be done.
Last thing, she was pregnant at the time, unknown to her. She lost the baby. So, by taking all those pills, it might not only be yourself you are hurting.