Aspirin Overdose is also known as Acetylsalicylic acid overdose. This is also a type of painkiller and is seen to be available over-the-counter at a pharmacy shop. An Aspirin Overdose means one has too much aspirin in the body.
Taking more than 150mg/kg of aspirin can have serious and even deadly consequences if kept unattended or untreated. For a small adult, that’s roughly equal to taking 20 tablets containing 325mg aspirin. For children much lesser can do much more harm.
In Aspirin Acetylsalicylic acid is the poisonous ingredien and therefore the culprit that causes all the problems. And this ingredient is found in many prescription and over-the-counter pain relievers Some such medicines are Alka Seltzer, Ecotrin, Excedrin, Fiorinal, Bayer, Percodan, Anacin, Bufferin, St. Joseph’s etc.
If you or someone you know has had an overdose of aspirin, it could have happened either because the patient took it by accident or under ignorance, or has intentionally taken a bigger dose than generally permissible by doctor at one time. Aspirin overdose is also called an acute overdose.
Chronic overdose of Aspirin happends when a normal daily dose of aspirin builds up in the body over a period of time and causes symptoms. This generally happens in two cases. Either your kidneys are not working correctly or when you are dehydrated. Chronic overdoses is common amongst the older lot, during hot weather.
Symptoms of acute overdose: the patien may develop anupset stomach and experience stomach pain, Nausea, may feel like vomiting. Aspirin overdose may also cause an ulcer or irritation of the stomach known as gastritis.
Likewise under chronic overdose symptoms may include Fatigue, the patient may experience slight fever, Sometimes he/she may feel confused, a petient can also collapse, experience rapid heart beat, Uncontrollable breathing.
If a patient has had a large overdose, he/she may experience deafnes for some time, ringing in the ear sensation, dizziness, drwsinss, coma, seizures, patient may become hyperactive etc.
The wisest thing to do under any of the above conditions is to seek medical help immediately. Call the doctor and make arrangments to take the patient to the hospital if the symtoms are of chronic or large overdose.
If asprin overdose treatment is delayed or the overdose is large enough, symptoms will continue to worsen. Breathing will become fast or may also stop. Seizures, high fevers, or death may also occur in extreme circumstances.