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Some of the complications that may occur as a result of an overdose with Tabloid (thioguanine) include vomiting, infections, and dangerous bleeding problems. A person's specific symptoms, however, will depend on how much of the drug was taken and a number of other factors. Treating this type of overdose may involve administering certain medications, performing blood transfusions, and providing supportive care.

Can You Use Too Much Tabloid?

Tabloid® (thioguanine) is a prescription medicine approved to treat adults and children with a certain cancer of the blood and bone marrow known as acute myelogenous leukemia. As with most medications, it is possible to take too much Tabloid.
The specific effects of an overdose would likely vary, depending on a number of factors, including the Tabloid dosage and whether it was taken with any other medications or substances.

Effects of an Overdose

Possible effects of a Tabloid overdose may include but are not limited to:
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • General feelings of illness or discomfort
  • Low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • Sweating
  • Low red blood cells (anemia)
  • Low white blood cells, which could increase the risk for infections
  • Low platelets, which could increase the risk for internal bleeding
  • Kidney problems.

Treatment Options for a Tabloid Overdose

If the overdose was recent, a healthcare provider may administer certain medicines to induce vomiting or give activated charcoal to help reduce the amount of medicine absorbed into the bloodstream.
There is no antidote for a Tabloid overdose. It is unknown if dialysis is useful for removing the drug from the bloodstream.
Treatment will also involve supportive care, which consists of treating the symptoms that occur as a result of the overdose. Supportive care for a Tabloid overdose may include:
  • Close monitoring of blood cell counts
  • Antibiotics if an infection occurs
  • A blood transfusion if bleeding occurs.
Seek immediate medical attention if you or someone else may have taken too much Tabloid.
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