Tylenol works fine. Most doctors approve its usage even for those with liver damage. Some doctors will limit amounts such as restricting the patient to 2000 mg per day. Others will say follow the recommended dosage. Either way, you're ok.
I used Tylonel throughout my treatments and it did not cause any additional damage to my liver or at least that's what my biopsy reports say.
Javi, there’s no evidence that Tylenol (acetaminophen) accumulates in the blood; as Diamond_Lil says, it’s very effective and tends to be the drug of choice recommended by hepatologists. If you’re concerned, call your doctor’s office and ask them if they think you should limit from package directions; I had stage 3-4 fibrosis, and could take up to 2500mg/day.
This is from 2003, I think; and the recommendations may have changed slightly, but it’ll give you an idea:
Jorge L. Herrera M.D.
Division of Gastroenterology
University of South Alabama College of Medicine
“Acetaminophen use: Contrary to popular belief, acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol®) is perfectly safe for patients with cirrhosis as long as it is used cautiously. Any person who drinks alcohol regularly should not consume any acetaminophen. For patients with early cirrhosis (CPT class A or B), the use of acetaminophen is safe as long as the recommended dose is not exceeded (1,000 mg per dose, repeated no more often than every 6 hours). Patients with more advanced cirrhosis should take only ½ of the recommended dose. In fact, for patients with cirrhosis, acetaminophen, when used as described, is the preferred medication for the treatment of pain.”
I think among other things, aspirin can affect platelet function: not always a good thing for those of us with liver disease, eh? Here’s a little article that addresses this:
“Disorders of Platelet Function
The most common disorder of platelet function is caused by aspirin. Aspirin blocks one of the steps required for platelets to stick together. This effect of aspirin is what makes it an effective treatment for patients who have disorders of blood clotting or thrombosis. For example, a person coming to an emergency room with severe chest pain and a suspected heart attack is immediately given aspirin. This prevents some of the platelet clumping which can obstruct the blood flow to the heart. Aspirin is an effective medicine to prevent these clots, but it does not totally paralyze the platelet. Therefore many people take daily aspirin and have no problems with bleeding. However aspirin can be potentially dangerous in patients who already have a risk for bleeding, such as boys with hemophilia or patients who have too few platelets and depend on each platelet having full function.”
I was allowed 2000 mg a day on TX. That's 2 extra strengths, 2 times a day. Aspirin is forbidden in liver disease patients because of the possibility of already having clotting problems. I had liver damage from NSAIDs (Aleve, Ibuprofen) so did not use those myself and probably never will again. Fever is an indicator of infection. Have you checked out why your temp. is up?
no fever is not from tx, i have not started treatment yet, i am stage 2 level 2 and will be starting shortly, not sure where infection came from, but thanks for the advise I took 2 tylenols and temp is dropping, just not sure what is safe to take with liver disease.
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