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The Painkiller Drinkers Should Avoid

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0  Updated at 2:32 am, November 7th, 2013 By: ABC Digital
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iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — Drugs containing acetaminophen and alcohol just don’t mix, no matter how little one drinks, according to Harrison Ndetan, a researcher at Parker University in Dallas.

More commonly known as Tylenol, taking acetaminophen should be avoided when one has consumed adult beverages since there’s a 123 percent increased risk of kidney disease when combined with just a small or moderate amount of booze.

Ndetan noted that many people are unfamiliar with a potentially harmful interaction, advising them not to take acetaminophen if they’ve been drinking for several days in a row.

So where does that leave people who are nursing a hangover?  Dr. Martin Zand, medical director of the kidney and pancreas transplant programs at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, says that it’s probably okay to pop a couple of Tylenol as long as you’re not a regular drinker.

However, even if your kidneys are in good shape, Zand says consider another painkiller just to play it safe.

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