Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

by (2011-04-19)

Anti-inflammatory Drugs: Risks, benefits


Acetaminophen (Tylenol, generic) causes almost no adverse effects on the stomach or cardiovascular system. That makes it a reasonable alternative if you're troubled by acid reflux, ulcers, or stomach bleeding. It might also be safer if you have a bleeding disorder or use blood thinners, or if you have heart disease or uncontrolled high blood pressure, or you've already had a hear attack or stroke.

But acetaminophen is less effective at providing relief from actue pain compared with NSAIDs. It does little or nothing to reduce inflammation or swelling, so it might not work as well as NSAIDs at easing stiffness in arthritic joints.

And slightly exceeding the maximum daily dose for even a fes days can damage the liver, sometimes with fatal results. If you are a moderate or heavy alcohol drinker, taking acetaminophen can cause liver injury.

If you use acetaminophen, never take more than 4,000 milligrams (4grams) within 24 hours. Some experts advise that older patients take no more than3,000 mg in 24 hours. Don'te take acetaminophen if you already have liver damage. Note that many nonprescirption cough and cold medicines also contain acetaminophen, and taking them together could cause an overdose.

---Consumers Report On Health