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If you have diabetes, is TYLENOL® right for you?

If you have diabetes, you may be wondering which over-the-counter (OTC) pain relief options may be right for you.

TYLENOL® is the #1 Doctor Recommended Pain Relief brand for patients with diabetes

You are not alone

About 34.2 million people, or 10.5% of the U.S. population, have diabetes1. Diabetes is treatable, but even when glucose levels are under control it greatly increases the risk of heart disease and stroke2. That's because people with diabetes, particularly type 2 diabetes, may have several conditions that contribute to their risk for developing cardiovascular disease. These conditions include: high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol and high triglycerides, obesity, lack of physical activity, poorly controlled blood sugar, and smoking3. Nearly 98% of American adults with type 2 diabetes have at least one comorbid condition and nearly 90% have two comorbidities, with the burden increasing with age4. The most common comorbid condition for people with diabetes is high blood pressure (82.1%).

Why TYLENOL® may be right for you:

  • The American Heart Association identifies acetaminophen (TYLENOL®) as a pain relief option to try first* for patients with, or at high risk for cardiovascular disease, as it is not known to increase risks of heart attack, heart failure, or stroke.
  • TYLENOL® is the #1 Doctor Recommended Pain Relief brand for patients with diabetes.
  • Pain relievers may affect blood pressure. TYLENOL® is the #1 doctor recommended pain relief brand for those with high blood pressure. If you have questions on whether TYLENOL® is right for you, talk to your doctor.
  • TYLENOL® does not interfere with aspirin’s ability to protect against heart attack or stroke, like ibuprofen (e.g. Advil®*, MOTRIN®) or naproxen sodium (e.g. Aleve®*) can.

NSAIDs, like ibuprofen (e.g. Advil®*, MOTRIN®) and naproxen sodium (e.g. Aleve®*), may increase the risk of heart attack, heart failure, and stroke. The risk is higher if you use more than directed or for longer than directed. Stop use and ask your doctor if you have symptoms of heart problems or stroke, while taking OTC ibuprofen or naproxen sodium.

Given the connection between diabetes and high blood pressure and the cardiovascular risk associated with NSAIDs, TYLENOL® may be the right OTC pain reliever for you. If you have questions on how pain relievers may affect blood pressure, talk to your doctor.

Explore our selection of TYLENOL® pain relief products here.

* *When symptoms are not controlled by non-pharmacological approaches

1 Diabetes Research Institute. Diabetes Statistics. Retrieved from

2 American Heart Association. Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes.Retrieved from

3 American Heart Association. Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes.Retrieved from

4 Prevalence and co-prevalence of comorbidities among patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Retrieved from

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