Tylenol arthritis



by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR

Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.

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Tylenol is the trade name for acetaminophen, an over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever.

Acetaminophen is used to relieve pain and reduce fever. Unlike aspirin, it does not relieve the redness, stiffness, or swelling caused by severe forms of arthritis because it has no anti-inflammatory properties. However, it may relieve the pain caused by mild forms of arthritis.

This medicine is available without a prescription; however, your

medical doctor or dentist may have special instructions on the proper dose of acetaminophen for your medical condition.

Ibuprofen may provide better relief of pain than acetaminophen in the most common type of arthritis (osteoarthritis), according to a direct comparison reported in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases.

Another disadvantage of acetaminophen is that chronic dosing may cause toxicity involving the liver and kidneys.

Tylenol or acetaminophen is sometimes combined with codeine or hydrocodone (Vicodin) for more analgesic effect.





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