Overdose Medical Definition

What is an Overdose?” 

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Overdose Medical Definition

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Overdose medical definition: Overdose is when more than the normal or recommended amount of a drug is taken, which in some cases can have serious side effects and cause injury or even death. While overdose and poisoning are two different things, the effects can be quite similar. Some overdoses occur on purpose while others are accidents. 

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Overdose in Medical Malpractice Cases

Large overdoses can sometimes cause people to stop breathing and die if not treated immediately. Oftentimes people need to be admitted to the hospital sooner rather than later as overdose can affect one or more vital organs. Doctors and healthcare providers must know how to act quickly in cases of overdose in order to ensure healthy recovery for the individual, if this does not happen, medical malpractice may have occurred. 

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