Painkillers And The Liver

Written by Amy Hall
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Common over-the-counter painkillers such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and aspirin are typically harmless when taken as directed. This is especially true in healthy people who do not have any preexisting conditions that may react negatively to these medications. On the flip side, people who take painkillers and consume alcohol in combination are putting themselves and their livers at high risk.

Probably the most common over-the-counter painkiller is Tylenol. When taken in small doses, such as eight pills (four grams) in a 24-hour period to minimize pain, there should not be any increased risks of developing liver disease. However, if a person consumes anywhere from seven to 15 grams of acetaminophen in one dose, the liver could become irreparably damaged and cease to function as it should.

Furthermore, when alcohol is consumed it is advised that one should refrain from taking any of the above-mentioned painkillers in order to avoid liver damage. People with Hepatitis C or cirrhosis should abstain completely from consuming any alcoholic beverages, as this can further complicate the problem. Adding painkillers to the mix can be deadly. If your liver is already compromised for one reason or another and you are in pain, talk to your doctor about the safest remedies to help you manage that pain.

The Connection between Painkillers and the Liver

It is important for consumers to be aware of the fact that acetaminophen is an ingredient in over 200 medications, including Nyquil and Anacin 3. Therefore, it is necessary to read the labels of all over-the-counter medications before taking them. If you are unsure about a specific medication and how it may affect you, ask your doctor or pharmacist prior to consuming it. It is always better to err on the side of caution when it comes to your health.


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