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what is harder on your kidneys, tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin?

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Dr. Alvin Stein
59 years experience Pain Management
Motrin: All nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories have adverse effects on the kidney. Tylenol (acetaminophen) should not be overdosed either as all medication has adverse effects on the body.
Answered on Sep 15, 2013
Dr. S. Smiley Thakur
30 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Excellent question: Acute, short term use is fine for either. Chronic daily use for either e.g. 4-6 tabs/day for years can be harmful to the kidneys. Alternating tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin doses on a daily basis is actually more harmful than taking either one exclusively. If you need long term pain relief, discuss safety issues and alternatives with your doctor.
Answered on Nov 22, 2014

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