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Could Alcohol Combined with Tylenol Double the Risk for Liver Injury?

Could Alcohol Combined with Tylenol Double the Risk for Liver Injury?

In addition to all of the risks and warnings we have heard about Tylenol, we now have another one to concern ourselves with.  A new study indicates that when alcohol is combined with acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, the user may face an increased risk of kidney injury – possibly double the risk.

Though the new study has not yet been peer reviewed or published, the findings suggest that individuals who took Tylenol or acetaminophen products in combination with a small to moderate amount of alcohol saw a 123% increase in the risk of kidney disease.  Though a cause-and-effect relationship could not be established, researchers said that alcohol is known to interfere with the gene that controls how the body processes acetaminophen.  This could explain the increased risk for kidney injury.  Acetaminophen or alcohol alone appeared to have no association with kidney problems.

Do you know what is crazy about this?  This drug has been about for approximately 2 zillion years and we still have our minds around all of the risks and what compounds those risks.  Why?

Last month, Tylenol began using red warning labels on the cap to emphasize that taking too much acetaminophen can cause liver failure.  That additional warning in part was as a result of the hundreds of lawsuits that have been brought against Tylenol on behalf of individuals who have suffered liver injury after using Tylenol.

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