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A 54-year-old female asked:

my doctor told me not to take tylenol (acetaminophen) due to decreased kidney function. is tylenol (acetaminophen) really bad for the kidneys?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Marvin Ott
Emergency Medicine 20 years experience
No: Tylenol (acetaminophen) is metabolized entirely by the liver. NSAIDS (like ibuprofen or naprosyn) are damaging to the kidney. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is safe, provided you don't exceed 3 grams per day or so. Hope this helps!
Dr. Andrea Rodgers
Emergency Medicine 28 years experience
Not usually: Tylenol (acetaminophen) is primarily metabolized by the liver. NSAIDs like Advil, Motrin and Aleve are metabolized by the kidneys. Usually people with decreased kidney function are told to avoid NSAIDs. I would ask your doctor for more clarification.

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