A young mother in England was hallucinating and forgetful before she died of an overdose of cold and flu medicine earlier this year.
Donna Bishop, 25, took a daily cocktail of assorted over-the-counter drugs, cough syrups and Lemsip before she died of a liver failure caused by a paracetamol overdose, the Worchester News reports.
The inquest at Worcestershire Coroner's Court heard Ms Bishop was taking high amounts of non-prescription medicine after falling ill two weeks before her death.
The mother-of-one was then diagnosed with a chest infection on New Years' Eve, five days before she died, and given antibiotics by her doctor.
Her health deteriorated rapidly after she continued to consume her various drugs and she went to hospital on January 2 complaining of mouth ulcers and having trouble swallowing.
Ms Bishop was given a throat spray and co-codamol and sent home. The following morning, she had developed a cyst in her mouth and her urine had become red.
Her sister, Kerrie Bishop who visited her found her with a yellow jaundiced complexion and told the inquest she was unsteady on her feet.
Ms Bishop was readmitted to hospital on January 4 where nurses reported her being restless and having hallucinations before she died later that day.
The two-day inquest continues
MSN 07:30 AEST Thu Sep 29 2011
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Woman dies from cold medicine overdose (paracetamol/acetominophen)