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Taking it most days of the week for years might increase risk, researchers say
Sun May 29, 2011 05:49 PM
Tylenol - I have Essential Thrombocythaemia (MPN) and have had a platelet count fluctuating between 1,300,000 and 750,000 for the past 15 months. I have been on Hydroxycarbimide and Interferon together in an attempt to lower the count. Six weeks ago, I had a persistent blinding headache while travelling in the Far East. I stopped taking HU/IntronA for three weeks while takingTylenol (the only recognisable named pain killer I could find in Cambodia). On 18 May, the platelet count was found to have dropped to 393,000 (ie within normal range). This is the first time this has occurred since diagnosis of MPN in 2005. It seems likely that Tylenol caused the reduction in platelet count, but this is at odds with the findings of the University of Washington's researchers. Manuela M, UK
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