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What happens if you overdose

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What happens when u take to much tablets 


Hi there and welcome to Ask Alex.
It sounds like you are wondering what happens when you take too many tablets, is that right? All tablets, whether prescribed by a GP or bought in a pharmacy, have a recommended ‘dosage’ – which means there have been tests done to find out how much works best to help people. Each packet of medication will also have a list of side effects and what can happen if too many are consumed.
Some people can find themselves addicted to over-the-counter medication, such as painkillers. You can read more about this and its effects here:
Additionally, some people may turn to over-the-counter medication as a coping strategy, which can lead to addiction. If you feel you need support, you can read these articles for more help:;  or
In case of emergency, it’s important to have access to immediate medical assistance. You can contact the emergency services at 999 or112.
Remember, it’s essential to get help from a trusted adult, such as a parent, teacher, or healthcare professional, if you or someone you know is struggling with medication misuse.
Treatment options for substance abuse, such as counselling, therapy, support groups, or rehabilitation programs, are available and tailored specifically for teenagers.
Additionally, promoting healthy coping mechanisms for managing stress or emotional difficulties, such as exercise, hobbies, mindfulness, or talking to a trusted friend or family member, can be beneficial.
If you’re also experiencing mental health issues alongside substance misuse, it’s important to get mental health support. Childline offers a free, non-judgmental, and confidential listening service. You can contact us by phone at 1800 666 666 or via Live Chat at We would love to chat with you a bit more about this.


Take care of yourself, and please reach out to us soon. We are here for you 24/7/352. 


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