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Acetaminophen Linked to Increased Risk of Kidney Dysfunction When Combined with Alcohol

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  • Acetaminophen can have adverse effects on your liver and kidneys, and acetaminophen-containing prescription drugs must now carry a warning about the potential for serious and potentially lethal skin disorders
  • Acetaminophen is the number one cause of acute liver failure in the US. Taking just a little more than the recommended dose over the course of several days or weeks (“staggered overdosing”) is far more risky than taking one large overdose
  • Recent research suggests that acetaminophen also significantly increases your risk of kidney dysfunction if taken with alcohol—even if the amount of alcohol is small
  • Previous research suggests acetaminophen might render vaccinations less effective when administered together
  • Foundational lifestyle basics for a pain-free life, as well as specific treatment modalities for acute and chronic pain, as well as all-natural alternatives to analgesic drugs are reviewed

By Dr. Mercola

Given the fact that acetaminophen (sold under the brand name Tylenol, among others) is one of the most widely used drugs in the world, you might be surprised to learn that taking just a bit too much, on a regular basis, or taking it in combination with alcohol, can have rather significant health risks.


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