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Risks Of Acetaminophen
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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