WHY is it important for your doctor to know whether overdosed medicine is immediate- release or delayed-release?

So that the doctor may choose appropriate the most effective intervention. For example, multiple dose activated charcoal or gastric lavage may be performed several hours after ingestion of a delayed release medicines.

So that the doctor can decide on the observation period for persons without symptoms.

So that the doctor can estimate  expected duration of toxicity, and hence the duration of care required.

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