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liver damage. Acetaminophen may increase the risk of bleeding if you take warfarin (Coumadin). The FDA sets the maximum daily dose for the average healthy adult at no more than 4,000 milligrams (mg) per day for short-term use, although even lower doses can be toxic to the liver in some people. It’s in so many different kinds of medications that you may inadvertently take too much. Such medications include over- the-counter remedies for pain, sleep, or cold symptoms. NSAIDS Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen (Aleve) or aspirin, are available over the counter, and in stronger doses by prescription. Like acetaminophen, NSAIDs reduce fever and pain, and they go further by reducing inflammation. dications e m id io p O s of pain e g a s s e m block d reduce n a in a r b to the ception r e p ’s y d o the b But long- . t r o f m o c of dis f opioids term use o he risk of t h it w s e com , , addiction e c n e d n e dep n, falls, constipatio slowed confusion, , slowed e im t n io t c rea nd death. a , g in h t a bre But regular, long-term use of NSAIDs has been linked to ulcers, stomach bleeding, kidney problems, high blood pressure, and increased risk of heart attack or stroke. The FDA warned that NSAIDs raise the risk for heart attack and stroke even with short-term use, and even among people who don’t have heart disease. PRESCRIPTION PAINKILLERS Opioid medications, such as oxycodone (Oxycontin) and hydrocodone (Vicodin), are among the most commonly prescribed prescription painkillers. They block messages of pain to the brain and reduce the body’s perception of discomfort. But long-term use of opioids comes with the HEALTH & NUTRITION February 2018 27