Study: Heavy acetaminophen ingestion could lead to kidney impairment

07/27/2004 | Reuters

Acetaminophen ingestion, most common in the form of Tylenol, over a long period could damage kidney function in some people, according to a report of a trial on middle-aged women. Of 1,700 women studied in the trial over 11 years, 10% experienced a 30% reduction in their kidney function, according to the published study. Acetaminophen was the only common painkiller that showed an association to the problem, and the study found the risk of kidney impairment rose by 64% in women who had taken between 1,500 and 9,000 pills in their lifetime.

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