How Many Pills Does It Take to Overdose?



Death associated with drug overdose continues to increase year after year. It is crucial that patients be educated about the correct dosage of drugs to be taken in order to event this from happening [1].

What is Drug Overdose?

A drug overdose is where an individual ingests an amount of drug beyond its therapeutic level. Every drug has their own therapeutic range and it is within this level that their intended effect occurs.

Anything beyond this level is known as the toxic range and taking this amount of drug may lead to adverse effects or even death. An overdose may either be accidental or intended.

In an accidental overdose, a person unknowingly takes a drug in its toxic level. This type is common in children who may ingest the drugs that they found in medicine bottles lying around the house.

On the other hand, a person is aware of the drug that he is taking in an intended drug overdose. This type is more common is recreational drug users who continuously take in more drugs due to the drug tolerance that their body is developing [1].


How Many Pills Does It Take to Overdose?

The number of pills it would take to overdose a person differs from one drug to another. Below is a list of some of the most common prescription drug that people overdose on and the number of pills it would take to reach the toxic level.

Remember that these are the figures are for an average individual. People who are hypersensitive to these drugs may overdose at a lower dose while dose who have developed a tolerance may be able to stand higher doses of these medications.

  • Methadone- Methadone is an opioid medication that is prescribed to patient for their pain. This drug is also used in assisting patients in heroin withdrawal. The toxic dose of methadone is set at 200 mg and it would take 40 tablets of 5mg strength pills or 20 tablets of the 10mg strength [2, 3].
  • Zolpidem – Zolpidem, more commonly known as Ambien, is a sedative which is prescribed to patients who are suffering from insomnia. This drug will affect the chemical levels in the brain and help patients to fall asleep faster. The toxic level for Zolpidem is set at 400-600mg. This level in the body will lead to serious adverse effects. The toxic level is reached by taking 80-120 pieces of 5mg strength pills or 40-60 10mg strength pills [4, 5].
  • Morphine – Morphine is another pain medication which is prescribed to patients in order to manage moderate to severe levels of pain. This medication is preferably used for round the clock treatment and not as an as-needed medication. The lethal dose for morphine was set at 200mg. Taking 40 tablets of 5mg strength morphine or 20 pieces of 10mg morphine pills will reach the toxic level [6, 7].
  • OxycodoneOxycodone is another pain medication. It is also given to patients who are experiencing moderate or severe pain. Patients who are given this medication is placed under closed monitoring because of the habit-forming nature of this medication.

The toxic level of the individual depends on the exposure of the individual to the medication. Someone who just started taking oxycodone may overdose on taking 80 mg or 3 tablets of 30mg strength oxycodone. Those who are taking this drug for a longer period of time may be able to tolerate higher levels of this medication [8, 9].


What to do to a Person that has Overdosed?

A person who is suspected of being overdosed must be brought to the hospital right away. The prognosis of an overdose depends on the amount of drugs that were taken and how soon medical attention has been given. The sooner that they are helped, the better are their chances of surviving [1].

Overdosing on pills is a real problem and it can be fatal. If you have more information about drug overdose, you can share it in the comment section below.

References

  1. Goldberg, J. (2016, April 23). Drug Overdose. Retrieved from WebMD: http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/drug-overdose?page=5
  2. com. (2016, March 30). Methadone. Retrieved from Drugs.com: https://www.drugs.com/methadone.html
  3. Addiction Blog. (2014, August 15). Methadone overdose: How much amount of methadone to OD? Retrieved from Addiction Blog: http://prescription-drug.addictionblog.org/methadone-overdose-how-much-amount-of-methadone-to-od/
  4. com. (2016, February 1). Ambien. Retrieved from Drugs.com: https://www.drugs.com/ambien.html
  5. Addiction Blog. (2012, April 12). Ambien overdose: How much amount of Ambien to OD? Retrieved from Addiction Blog: http://prescription-drug.addictionblog.org/ambien-overdose-how-much-amount-of-ambien-to-od/
  6. com. (2016, June 24). Morphine. Retrieved from Drugs.com: https://www.drugs.com/morphine.html
  7. Addiction Blog. (2014, August 9). Morphine overdose: How much amount of morphine to OD? Retrieved from Addiction Blog: http://drug.addictionblog.org/morphine-overdose-how-much-amount-of-morphine-to-od/
  8. com. (2016, May 20). Oxycodone. Retrieved from Drugs.com: https://www.drugs.com/oxycodone.html
  9. Addiction Blog. (2012, March 28). Oxycodone overdose: How much amount of oxycodone to OD? Retrieved from Addiction Blog: http://prescription-drug.addictionblog.org/oxycodone-overdose-how-much-amount-of-oxycodone-to-od/

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20 thoughts on “How Many Pills Does It Take to Overdose?

  • 12/12/2016 at 8:31 am
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    Is OD on 9125mg of diphenhydramine and 3150mg of trazodone going to kill me

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    • 16/05/2017 at 5:03 am
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      Looks like you might be planning to do something you’d regret. Just know that people care about you , you are a good person and it will get better. I promise

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      • 19/11/2017 at 6:24 am
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        If people care…they call…months go by….nobody really gives a shit…im definetly gonna take my life…

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    • 08/11/2017 at 12:45 am
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      I have mental health issues and my family don’t understand and have fallen out with me. My son, daughter and my ex husbands family don’t want to know me. They gossip about me and I don’t see my grandchildren from my daughter. She hasn’t spoken to me in over 2 years and hates me, so does her husband. My ex’s new wife calls me everything and the whole lot of them call me mental. I have no one as I live alone and go to bed at night hoping I don’t wake up. I can’t take anymore and don’t want to be here at all, I’ve totally had enough and would be better off dead. I know it will have no effect on them if I died, in fact they would be happy I was no longer around.

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      • 29/11/2017 at 11:14 am
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        Don’t do it it gets better I promise!! Sending love

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  • 30/05/2017 at 9:59 am
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    I’d rather die alone no one cares about me anymore

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    • 29/06/2017 at 9:56 am
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      When I was 10 or 11 months old I received a good slap right in the middle of my face. When I was 2 years old a slap to the side of my right knee, dislocated. When I was 4 several fractured ribs, 8 nearly chocked to death. My mother told me once what she said to the doctor when I was born.”throw her in the garbage I don’t want her”. Yes there are people who have memories from that early in their lives. ”no one cares about me anymore” how old are you? I have 2 sons, 8 grandchildren and a few great-grandchildren I have never met (the great-grand that is). Guess what I did last Christmas. Sat at home in front of the TV and watched re-runs. No phone calls, no flowers, no gifts, no visits. I’m ready to call it quits now and I have the means and a perfect way to do it successfully. I have spent the last few months trying to find one good reason not to do it. Haven’t found one yet.

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      • 10/07/2017 at 10:03 am
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        Because there so many people that need you because you so much more of a person that you realize—which i know it difficult to believe when you are depressed.
        I came very close to your way of feeling and thinking . I finally decided to do a bit of volunteer work, which fairly quickly moved to volunteer shifts 4 times a week. I know feel that I have something to offer and that I am of value.
        I made a list of the kinds of thinks that I could do as well as contacting the volunteer Bureau.
        Do you have interests in animals ,older adults,people with disability,driving people to appointments,?
        You can’t change your past but you can change your present and therefore your future.
        So it time to stop dwelling on your past and decide what kind of person you want to be —T
        Take Charge and take Action

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      • 02/08/2017 at 6:18 am
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        becuz Uu never know what life has in store for Uu. I know how Uu feel even tho Uu might be older than me(im14)but please dont do it. You’ll just past ur pain on to others. Im pretty sure Uu dont want ur family to be sad and hurt. What if ur grandchilden or children become depressed and kill themselves. I know you would not want that. Life is precious im telling you. Even if Uu feel lonely ur not becuz many ppl understand i know i do. Even though we dont know each other I do care(i have a very soft spot for things like this) im begging you to please not kill yourself.

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      • 21/10/2017 at 7:25 am
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        Everyone is worth living, even though you might not feel like you are just know that your family cares and just remember that god gave you a life to enjoy so …..you do you ??????

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      • 24/10/2017 at 11:43 am
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        Plz don’t kill ur self. Go to a therapist. I know u probably don’t as I don’t but I am still seeing someone and they are helping me. Plz don’t do it. Plz plz. I don’t care if u feel has tho no one loves u but plz try help. Plz

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  • 30/07/2017 at 8:32 pm
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    i AM LONELY, BROKE AND SO VERY DISINTERESTED IN WAKING UP EACH DAY AND IT GETS WORSE EACH DAY

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    • 08/01/2018 at 4:54 pm
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      So am i, i just want to die

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  • 08/09/2017 at 10:16 pm
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    I have been thrown away by 2 husbands & now I am 45 & have to live with my parents…my mother is very controlling & very vain so I don’t feel I belong anywhere! All I truly have is my precious dog of 11 years & now we are gonna be homeless living in my grandmothers car she left me when she passed away! I’m just so tired & I just want to give up really I do!

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  • 17/09/2017 at 5:32 pm
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    Can you OD by taking 20 Phentamine 37.5 mg. 750 mg in total?

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  • 23/11/2017 at 11:55 pm
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    I’m going to take 30 7.5 mg zopiclone in a few days. I’ve had enough os this shitty life. I don’t want to wake up to the same shit every day. Goodby cruel world !!!

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  • 27/11/2017 at 4:32 am
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    30 7.5 mg of zopiclone should be enough to kill me. so I’m going to do it today

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  • 27/11/2017 at 4:33 am
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    Ofr I go to get my zopiclone. Goodbye cruel world !!!

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    • 29/11/2017 at 11:16 am
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      No! Please see a therapist there is a lot of beuty in life its worth the shit to get there!

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  • 06/12/2017 at 9:03 am
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    What would happen by taking Ramapril x60, Simvastatin x60, Bisoprolol x60, Aspirin x60, Fluoxetine x80????

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