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Also known as: Paracetamol; [Often referred to by brand name (see MedlinePlus Drug Information)]
Formal name: Acetaminophen

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To determine if an overdose has occurred; to determine risk of liver damage and to help determine if treatment with an antidote is required

When to Get Tested?

When it is suspected that a person has ingested an overdose of acetaminophen or has signs and symptoms of toxicity, such as nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain; when following a patient, every 4 to 6 hours after an overdose of the drug is ingested

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in the arm

Test Preparation Needed?