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Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more


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I been takn generic tylenol (acetaminophen) for last few months & just now seen that they expired july of 2009! am i in any kind of risk or danger? My kidneys ok?

I been takn generic tylenol (acetaminophen) for last few months & just now seen that they expired july of 2009! am i in any kind of risk or danger? My kidneys ok?

Usually, no problem: Most of the medications continue to work for several years after their expiration date. According to one study, they may work for as long as 5-10 years from their expiration date, if they have been properly stored. Vitamins may loose their potency, if exposed to heat or sunlight. Thanks. ...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 get kidney failure from overdosing on tylenol (acetaminophen)?

Can you get kidney failure from overdosing on tylenol (acetaminophen)?

Indirectly: Tylenol (acetaminophen) overdose can cause severe liver injury which itself can lead to associated kidney injury through a process known as "hepatorenal syndrome" generally the dose has to be sufficient to cause fulminant liver damage. ...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?

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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Been taking NSAID (tylenol/aspirin) for over 10 years often every day . I want to stop. How likely do i have liver and kidney damage?

Been taking NSAID (tylenol/aspirin) for over 10 years often every day . I want to stop. How likely do i have liver and kidney damage?

Depends....: Duration of use is important, but you haven't told us the frequency (once a week, once a day) or dose (1 pill a week, 20 a day?), nor have you shared your co-morbidities (particularly underlying liver or kidney diseases) or predisposing factors (alcohol intake, etc.). Testing is easy to allay your concern--please pursue same through your local doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Tylenol (Definition)

Acetaminophen (tylenol) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory which is a ...Read more


Dr. Alvin Stein
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Acetaminophen (Definition)

Acetaminophen (tylenol) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory which is a ...Read more