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Can acetaminophen help treat osteoarthritis (OA) pain?

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Acetaminophen is inexpensive and a safe arthritis pain reliever when taken correctly. However, too much acetaminophen can cause liver damage. Adults should not take more than 3,000 milligrams of acetaminophen in a day. People with existing liver disease and people who drink more than three alcoholic drinks a day may not be able to take acetaminophen.

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News release, FDA.

American College of Rheumatology: Practice Guidelines: "Recommendations for the Medical Management of Osteoarthritis of the Hip and Knee."

The Arthritis Foundation: "What Can You Do About OA?" "2011 Drug Guide."

FDA: "Medication Guide for Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)."

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 11, 2019

SOURCES:

News release, FDA.

American College of Rheumatology: Practice Guidelines: "Recommendations for the Medical Management of Osteoarthritis of the Hip and Knee."

The Arthritis Foundation: "What Can You Do About OA?" "2011 Drug Guide."

FDA: "Medication Guide for Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)."

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 11, 2019

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