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Mon Jan 26, 2009, 05:59 PM
From time to time, I need some pain medication for headache, back pain, etc.
I have very low counts in all three lines. Therefore, I cannot take aspirin, Motrin, Advil. I am allergic to anything with Codeine in it or any derivitive thereof. I can't take Tramadol: makes me sick. The doctor has told me to take nothin but Tylenol or some other product with Acetaminophen. However, I recently read on a site that lists medications that negatively affect platelets - that Tylenol also has a negative effect on platelet production. What is left? Does anyone out there have another medication they use for moderate pain?

Age 69 with MDS for 5 1/2 years. Refractory Anemia, Multilinea, Blasts < 5%, No Chromosome Involvement. Platelets in 20s or below. White Count 1.1-1.5.
Transfusion Dependent.

Dick S
Tue Jan 27, 2009, 11:03 AM
I take Tylenol, the only one my doc will advise. I have had no problem with platelet count.

Tue Jan 27, 2009, 11:31 AM
Tylenol has not effected John's platelets either.


Wed Jan 28, 2009, 08:31 AM
Hi Margie,
It is really very difficult to take drugs for pain if you will be sure to avoid all kinds of hematological advere reactions. I have looked at 17 drugs for mild to moderate pain but they all could affect the blood in a negative way. Here are the adverse effects of Tylenol according to one site: anemia, hemolysis, leukopenia, neutropenia and thrombocytopenia.

If you have used Tylenol without negative effects you probably could continue to use it.
Kind regards