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overdose

 [o´ver-dōs″]
1. to administer an excessive dose.
2. an excessive dose.

overdose

(ō′vər-dōs′)
n.
An excessive dose, especially of a narcotic.
v. (ō′vər-dōs′) over·dosed, over·dosing, over·doses
v.intr.
To take an overdose.
v.tr.
To administer too large a dose or too many doses to.

overdose

Substance abuse Consumption of a therapeutic agent, drug, or narcotic, in excess of that required to produce the desired effects; overdoses are either accidental or suicidal and many agents have their own relatvely characteristic clinical, diagnostic, and therapeutic 'fingerprint'. See 'Designer' drugs, Heroin, 'Ice. ', Withdrawal.

overdose

A quantity of a drug well in excess of the recommended dose.

Patient discussion about overdose

Q. so, like I know you can die of a drug overdose, but can you die of an alcohol overdose as well?

A. of course you can!!! you better not try to prove me wrong on this one... each one of us has a different threshold of how much is just a bit too much for him so you shouldn't get to exaggerated amounts cause you can't tell hoe sensitive you are to it.

Q. My husband takes Zocor (20mg) for his hyperlipidemia. by mistake he took 3 pills (60mg). What to do? My husband suffers from high blood lipids and he is treated with Zocor (Simvastatin). he should take one pill of 20 mg per day. By accident he took 3 pills (60mg) in one day. what to do?

A. You need to call your GP. Zocor doses are between 20-80 mg but maybe your husband has other problems (mainly in his kidneys) that will interfere with the normal way of cleaning the body from the drug.
Zocor overdose symptoms will be myalgia and red urine (in a severe overdose) if your husband have one of those symptoms go to the ER as soon as possible.

Q. Is drinking too much water harmful? Is there a condition like “water overdose”?

A. Drinking more water then you are used to is very good for you. But of course if you over do it it’s damaging. Drinking way too much will make you urinate more, this means you will also loose vital minerals in the urine like potassium and sodium. This can even lead to death.
http://chemistry.about.com/cs/5/f/blwaterintox.htm

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16614865/

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Since individuals who have overdosed are more likely to do so again, the CDC recognized that actions can be taken in EDs to try to prevent future overdoses and help patients access treatment resources.
Abstracted charts met the following criteria: the death occurred during October 1, 2014-March 31, 2015; the decedent overdosed or resided in Barnstable, Bristol, or Plymouth counties; and opioids were listed as a contributing cause of death.
There are a number of signs and symptoms that show someone has overdosed and these differ with the type of drug used."