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What are the real risks of giving acetaminophen/ibuprofen for teething in terms of liver or kidney damage? How much is too much? 12 month old.

What are the real risks of giving acetaminophen/ibuprofen for teething in terms of liver or kidney damage? How much is too much? 12 month old.

Short term: The key here is to use these medicines in the short term and only for specific reasons. In 20 years of medical practice I have never seen liver or kidney failure from parents judiciously using these medicines. Acetaminophen affects liver. Ibuprofen affects kidney. Use for a baby who is in pain or severe discomfort with a fever or earache, not "as a preventive" or "just in case". ...Read more

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Will 100-101.5 fever from viral infx >7d during early pregnancy (4-5wks) pose any risk to baby? Tylenol (acetaminophen) only lowers it to 99.5-100.5. Take it or not?

Will 100-101.5 fever from viral infx >7d during early pregnancy (4-5wks) pose any risk to baby? Tylenol (acetaminophen) only lowers it to 99.5-100.5. Take it or not?

Fever: I have to admit I am very uncomfortable having you home without any medical evaluation with a week long persistent fever. And that is pregnant or not. Something is causing your fever and that something may be more worrisome to both the pregnancy or to your health. Please contact your OB about this. ...Read more

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FDA upgrading heart/stroke risk on OTC NSAIDs, Tylenol (acetaminophen) can affect liver. What else is there for occasional pain/inflam relief? Is aspirin only choice?

FDA upgrading heart/stroke risk on OTC NSAIDs, Tylenol (acetaminophen) can affect liver. What else is there for occasional pain/inflam relief? Is aspirin only choice?

No free lunch: There's no such thing as a free lunch. In other words, there're always some potential risks or side effects. If dietary supplement manufacturer claims no risks or side effects b/c it's natural, herbal, organic, gluten-free, then avoid it b/c they're lying. Acetaminophen can irritate liver but only if excessive dose. NSAIDs can increase heart attack risk but not guarantee that you'll suffer one. ...Read more

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What kind of risks are associated with taking tylenol (acetaminophen) pm every night?

What kind of risks are associated with taking tylenol (acetaminophen) pm every night?

Probably not: If you take tylenol (acetaminophen) chronically, daily , you should be taking n acetyl cysteine to prevent tylenol (acetaminophen) toxicity in the liver. ...Read more

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Can i overdose on acetaminophen?

Can i overdose on acetaminophen?

Please do not.: If you are considering an overdose, please call 911 or your nearest emergency room. Do not harm yourself. You risk serious and irreversible damage to your body. ...Read more

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Can you get high on Acetaminophen?

Can you get high on Acetaminophen?

No: tylenol (acetaminophen) by itself should not have that effect. Tylenol (acetaminophen) can be harmful and even deadly if not taken appropriately though. ...Read more

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Can i take too much acetaminophen?

Can i take too much acetaminophen?

Yes: For a healthy individual, it is recommended to not use more than 3 grams in a 24 hour period. ...Read more

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How much acetaminophen is too much?

How much acetaminophen is too much?

It depends: This is an important question. Too much Acetaminophen is dangerous. According to epocrates, a drug information program, most healthy adults can get up to about 1, 000 mg in 4 hrs, and 4, 000 mg (4 grams) per day safely. Children should get less, based on their age or weight. Read labels carefully, and ask your doctor or nurse if unsure. ...Read more

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What amount acetaminophen in a day?

What amount acetaminophen in a day?

Least amount...: ...necessary not to exceed 3000mg in a 24-hour period of time. Don't take it all at once either, because it won't be any more effective in mega-doses. Not the best pain med available over the counter, just useful for fevers. ...Read more

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