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82 yrs old, frequent pneumonia, 1 kidney. Taking Tylenol for arthritis causes chills, breathing difficulty. Why ?

Hi my mother, 82 yrs old and in not so good health ( heart failure , frequent pneumonias and one kidney only) was sent home from the hospital saying she was stable and could go home. She was told to take Tylenol for her arthritis but everytime she does, she gets sweats for about 1 hr followed by severe chills - no fever - and she has absolutely no strength (cannot even stand up for more than 1 minute) - she also has difficulty breathing from time to time and the ventilators she has don t seem to help
Asked On : Tue, 16 Oct 2012
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Hi thanks for your question
your 82 year old mother, with multiple problems, is taking tylenol for arthritis and gets breathing problems, sweats and sever chills.Tylenol is acetaminophen which belongs to a class of drugs called analgesic ( pain reliever) and antipyretics(fever reducer)
Hives, difficulty in breathing, tightening of chest, rash and sore throat are its common side effects.
So what your mother is experiencing is side effect of Tylenol.
Consult your doctor again and report him the problem your mother is having with medicine, he may change the medicine.
Answered: Tue, 16 Oct 2012
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