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How acetaminophen works

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How acetaminophen works

Acetaminophen is used to relieve fever and pain. It does not relieve inflammation. Acetaminophen is sold as a nonprescription drug, and is also used in many nonprescription drug combinations for treating pain, fever, and the symptoms of colds and flu.

As a prescription drug for pain it is usually used in combination with powerful narcotics. Note that, although acetaminophen is very widely used, there is a risk of liver damage if this drug is taken in large doses for long period of time( a year or longer).

Try to take it with milk thistle (Silybum marianum). Silymarin, the active compound in milk thistle, may help prevent liver damage from long-term use of acetaminophen. Consider 150mg, three to four times daily.
Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis). Animal studies show that a compound in this herb may help prevent liver damage caused by long-term use of acetaminophen. Consider 250 mg, once or twice daily.

To avoid the possibility of liver damage, do not drink alcohol while you are taking acetaminophen. According to a study, very large doses of vitamin C (over 3 grams a day) may increase the levels of acetaminophen in your bloodstream by reducing the rate at which your body excretes the drug.

As a result, you could take less of the drug, but you could accidentally take too much. Both coenzyme Q10 and the amino acid methionine may help prevent liver damage from long- term use of acetaminophen. Consider 20-50 mg coenzyme Q10 or 250 mg methionine daily.

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