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11/13/12 9:20 A

I know ibuprofen can cause water retention and swelling in lower legs and ankles, but that's usually only when it's being taken for some time. Once in a while shouldn't do that.

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11/13/12 8:53 A

I suggest talk to a doctor, but sometimes our bodies change when our bodies change. I used to get bloated when taking ibuprofen and found out its because I took it so much that it was causing ulcers. So, if this is something new for you, I would ask before proceeding if it is causing problems instead of helping. Also, the reason you are taking them could be the cause of the problem.

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11/13/12 8:08 A

Down with both.

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11/13/12 7:50 A

I have swelling in my fingers when I take ibuprofen, I notice my wedding ring is a little snug hen I take them. I thought it was weird since it is an anti-inflammatory but it does work as a painkiller for me. I can't say of it shows a gain on the scale because I've only been weight every two weeks. It's never bothered me long term so I've never though to question it.

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11/13/12 7:18 A

All medications come with warnings, read the label see if it says anything about kidney or heart, both can be underlying issues to create swelling when combined with certian medicaions.

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11/13/12 7:11 A

My weight fluctuations drive me nuts and makes maintenance very frustrating. I've never noticed the Tylenol connection, but I'll be looking for that now.

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11/13/12 7:04 A

The acetaminophen affects the kidneys and can cause water retention. I was on several pills at one time that come to find out all had acetaminophen and one wouldn't believe how my ankles and feet swelled up with water retention. I almost went into kidney failure because of it.

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11/12/12 2:44 P

I think that for some people OTC meds can cause stomach upset and the people tend to eat more stomach settling foods (crackers, toast, etc). The stomach settling foods in conjunction with possibly less activity (if the person is taking the medications for more than 1 day because they feel poorly) can make a person gain weight. I don't have this problem with Tylenol, but I have had this problem with some other medications.

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11/12/12 12:13 P

No, but I bet it's totally possible! Maybe it makes you retain water or something.

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11/12/12 10:39 A

I don't believe this is the reason you are gaining weight.

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11/12/12 10:24 A

This is bizarre. I have never heard of Tylenol causing weight gain. Maybe the underlying factor in the weight gain could be correlated to what is causing you pain. I will check around with others to see if Tylenol causes them weight gain.

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11/12/12 7:43 A

Taking these does not cause me a weight gain.

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11/12/12 6:44 A

I also haven't heard of this.

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11/12/12 5:07 A

not tried this

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11/12/12 3:44 A

I had never heard of this.

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11/12/12 12:05 A

It could be water retention weight. Particularly if you're taking them to combat PMS cramps.

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11/11/12 6:18 P

could it be the under laying issue that you are taking the pain killers for?

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11/11/12 5:58 P

Just curious if anyone else has had similar experiences, but I always gain a pound or two when I take Tylenol/acetominophen for a couple days. From what I've looked up though, there's no real explanation of why those pills should cause any weight I'm not sure what gives!

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