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If both your kidney and liver functions have gone down, which is better pain med, tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen?

If both your kidney and liver functions have gone down, which is better pain med, tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen?

Why were they up?: It depends on what caused kidney / liver markers to go up. The liver self-repairs better, so if had to choose, would say tylenol (acetaminophen) and "regular" strength variety, not to exceed 3 grams / day maximum. Always ask your dr if specific concerns. ...Read more

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This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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What will happen when you take tylenol (acetaminophen) and have elevated ALT and AST liver enzymes?

What will happen when you take tylenol (acetaminophen) and have elevated ALT and AST liver enzymes?

Tylenol (acetaminophen): More than likely you will have further rise in those levels. Not a good idea to take tylenol (acetaminophen) when you have raised ast/alt. ...Read more

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With the concerns about acetaminophen and ibuprofen and liver effects, is it safer to take aspirin for inflammation? Headache? Pericarditis?

With the concerns about acetaminophen and ibuprofen and liver effects,  is it safer to take aspirin for  inflammation?   Headache?  Pericarditis?

Pain meds: It depends on what your trying to accomplish by taking these medicines. If you are taking pain meds once a week, anything should work. However, Aspirin taken frequently, can reduce headache and other pains but Aspirin increases bleeding potential and tinnitis, (ringing in the ears). If you are taking a lot of pain meds, contact your physician or pharmacist for knowledgeable info. ...Read more

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Can Depakote harm your liver and stomach?

Maybe: Depakote may affect the liver in some patients. Md may monitor your liver enzymes as a guide. Certain formulations of Depakote may affect the stomach. Discuss with your md. Taking medication with food may help. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Can you take naproxen 500mg then take either tylenol (acetaminophen) or aspirin for break through pain. Are this meds ok to take with elevated liver functions?

Can you take naproxen 500mg then take either tylenol (acetaminophen) or aspirin for break through pain.  Are this meds ok to take with elevated liver functions?

Safer alternatives: In light of a history of liver dysfunction, acetominophen (tylenol) should be limited. Since you are already looking for something else to help beyond naproxen, it is time to ask your medical professional for better and safer options. Some alternative treatments or "stronger" medications will actually be safer over time with less chance for liver or kidney toxicity. ...Read more

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Can you take milkthistle toclear the toxins in your liver and also take red yeast for your cholesterol?

Can you take milkthistle toclear the toxins in your liver and also take red yeast for your cholesterol?

It's your choice: Your liver naturally cleanses itself of toxins. Most (but not all) scientific studies on milk thistle even for real disease of the liver show no effect. "red yeast" actually contains lovastatin, identical to the pharmaceutical, and this is why it works. Given that you've got a heart stent, you may prefer a standardized preparation of a statin. ...Read more

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My doctor told me not to take Tylenol (acetaminophen) due to decreased kidney function. Is Tylenol (acetaminophen) really bad for the kidneys?

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My doctor told me not to take Tylenol (acetaminophen) due to decreased kidney function. Is Tylenol (acetaminophen) really bad for the kidneys?

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! ...Read more

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With liver failure can you take advil (ibuprofen)?

With liver failure can you take advil (ibuprofen)?

Possibly.: Probably ok if dose is low, liver failure is mild and you are not actively drinking. Otherwise all bets are off. ...Read more

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What effect can taking high doses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen have on your body?

What effect can taking high doses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen have on your body?

Tylenol (acetaminophen): High doses of tylenol (acetaminophen) can affect your liver harmfully. You should be careful not to exceed the recommended dose with out a physicians care. He/she should know what other medications you are on and what medical conditions you have and are taking the medications for. ...Read more

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Have NASH and cirrhosis of the liver. Can i take zyrtec (cetirizine)?

Have NASH and cirrhosis of the liver. Can i take zyrtec (cetirizine)?

Zyrtec (cetirizine): There is a "caution" warning for this medication with any liver impairment. Discuss this with your liver specialist. ...Read more

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Help! can aspirin raise your liver enzymes?

Help! can aspirin raise your liver enzymes?

Not in usual doses: Usual doses of Aspirin do not materially affect liver enzyme levels. ...Read more

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Can you take tylenol (acetaminophen) and a daily aspirin if you have a fatty liver?

Can you take tylenol (acetaminophen) and a daily aspirin if you have a fatty liver?

Maybe but: It is best to protect the liver from toxicity that comes from overdosing with tylenol (acetaminophen). N acetyl cysteine should be taken by anyone who takes tylenol (acetaminophen) regularly and by any one who have any liver issue if you need tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain relief. ' also take milk thistle also called silibinin or silymarin to help the liver. ...Read more

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What can be taken for bad muscle and joint pain besides nsaids? nephrologist and gastroenterologist both said no nsaids and tylenol (acetaminophen) doesn't help

What can be taken for bad muscle and joint pain besides nsaids? nephrologist and gastroenterologist both said no nsaids and tylenol (acetaminophen) doesn't help

Try topical therapy: To minimize side effects, topical therapy like heat, massage, capsaicin cream &lidocaine patches are often helpful. It's important to remember that some degree of musculoskeletal discomfort is to be expected with age, and getting our mind to focus on other things is really important. Gradual exercise helps. Stronger pain meds should be used only occasionally due to life-threatening side effects. ...Read more

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Can you take both tylenol (acetaminophen) 3 and advil?

Can you take both tylenol (acetaminophen) 3 and advil?

Yes: Tyleno 3 is a pain killer and advil (ibuprofen) is an antiinflammatory. Frequently for post op after surgery this is what doctos prescribe one of each category. ...Read more

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Should I go to a and e or gp with gallbladder pain and fever?panadol (acetaminophen) and neurofen not working.

Cholecystitis: If you have pain in the right upper section of your abdomen, particularly after a high fat meal..then yes go to your primary or ER. Other signs are pain with deep inspiration (because the diaphram pushes down on the liver and the gallbladder lies under that). Also if your eyes or skin are a bit yellow. ...Read more

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Will taking 3 norcos (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) and drinking cause kidney pain?

Will taking 3 norcos (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) and drinking cause kidney pain?

No: But you should not drink and take norcos (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) at the same time. Side effects can be significant. ...Read more

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Wouldn't your liver enzymes be up like your ALT and AST if your hep c was getting worst?

Wouldn't your liver enzymes be up like your ALT and AST if your hep c was getting worst?

Not always: The AST and ALT are signs that the liver is inflamed. It takes a while for Hep C to do this sort of damage, and so many with Hep C go years without seeing elevation in these. A "viral load" that shows how much virus is circulating in your body/how your immune system is fighting it is a better indicator, and a liver sample/biopsy is the best way to tell. Talk with your doc and see what is next. ...Read more

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