Drug Overdose (cont.)
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What Are Risk Factors for Drug Overdose?
Risk factors for drug overdose are those that would make someone more likely to abuse drugs, or more likely to accidentally take the incorrect medication or take the wrong dose of a medication.
Risk factors for accidental drug overdose include the following:
Risk factors for drug overdose in drug abusers include the following:
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Drug Overdose?
Drugs have effects on the entire body. Generally, in an overdose, the effects of the drug may be a heightened level of the therapeutic effects seen with regular use. In overdose, side effects become more pronounced, and other effects can take place, which would not occur with normal use. Large overdoses of some medications cause only minimal effects, while smaller overdoses of other medications can cause severe effects, possibly death. A single dose of some medications can be lethal to a young child. Some overdoses may worsen a person's chronic disease. For example, an asthma attack or chest pains may be triggered.
Signs and Symptoms of a Drug Overdose
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/25/2016
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