My 79 yo mother-in-law, Fran, has a long list of medical problems, even longer than my own. Among them are: 100% dependency on a pacemaker; paraplegic from spinal stroke; asthma; myasthenia gravis; history of congestive heart failure; light stroke 7 years ago.
My question is really very simple. We heard from another senior that her doctor said generic acetaminophen contains high amounts of sodium which contributed to swelling of her feet and ankles. Since Fran has been taking more of that OTC med, we're wondering if there is some truth to that. Wal-Mart was no help (Equate brand) and I have not found anything on the Internet about it.
The senior said also that a nurse at an immediate care facility "pooh-poohed" the sodium accusation. However, she said ~2 weeks after switching to the name brand the swelling went down.
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