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Acetaminophen: When It Becomes Dangerous

Acetaminophen Bottles (Tylenol)


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   Tracey Long, RN, PhD, APRN
   Mark Nichols, PhD
   JoAnn O’Toole, RN, BSN


Contact hours: 2
Expiration date: February 1, 2023
Course price: $19

Course Summary

This course explores acetaminophen use and overuse with a focus on the signs and symptoms of liver injury and adverse effects. It also discusses FDA recommendations for various ages and at-risk populations.

The following course information applies to occupational therapy professionals:

  • Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, OTAs
  • Instructional Level: Intermediate
  • Content Focus: Content Focus: Category 1—Domain of OT, Client Factors

Criteria for Successful Completion

A score of 80% or higher on the post test, a completed evaluation form, and payment where required. No partial credit will be awarded.


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Course Objectives

When you finish this course you will be able to:

  1. Explain the widespread use of acetaminophen both as an over-the-counter drug (OTC) and by prescription in combination with other drugs.
  2. Discuss self-dosing of acetaminophen as an OTC drug and the hazard of unintentional overdose.
  3. Describe the relationship of acetaminophen to acute liver failure.
  4. State the currently recommended maximum 24-hour dose of acetaminophen and explain drug-drug and alcohol interactions.
  5. Distinguish potencies of acetaminophen preparations for infants, children, and adults.
  6. Discuss the FDA rulings on acetaminophen and their recommendations for the future.