Is Acetaminophen Dangerous for you?
"If you take Tylenol for four days as directed you may be at risk of liver damage." (Journal of American Medical Association)
According to a New York Times article acetaminophen (Tylenol) is linked to three times as many cases of liver failure as all other drugs together. Tylenol overdose is the most common cause of acute liver failure in the United States. Liver failure generally occurs through overdosing, however the line from safe to toxic is very thin. This post is committed to sharing information about the pain killers we consume. Tylenol's potential for causing liver and other problems will be discussed.
Tylenol Study Links Usage to Liver Damage
The Journal of the American Medical Association in 2006 conducted a study which results indicated problems caused for healthy people taking the Tylenol (acetaminophen) as directed. According to the study, healthy adults who took the maximum doses of Tylenol for two weeks had abnormal liver test results. Dr. Neil Kaplowitz of the University of Southern California, one of the authors who published the study, said, "I would urge the public not to exceed four grams a day. This is a drug that has a rather narrow safety window..."(By Carla K. Johnson, Washington Post (AP) Tuesday, July 4, 2006)
"The margin between a safe dose (of Acetaminophen) and a potentially lethal one is small." (Wall Street Journal)
Tylenol Linked to Kidney Damage
According to Natural News.com, new research indicates that long-term use of Tylenol harms kidneys also.This research was conducted on 17000 women over a period of eleven years. This study showed that 10% of the women in the study experienced a decline in kidney function
linking the decline to the over-the-counter painkiller. Women who took between 1500-9000 tablets over their lifetime increased their risk of renal damage by 64%. Women who took even more than the top of the range ...9000 tablets, the risk of kidney damage increased. This study emphasizes the dangers of taking over-the-counter pain killers frequently and over a prolonged amount of time even when taking the stated suggested doses of the manufacturer.
Natural News.com reports that over-the-counter pain medicines are responsible for 40,000 deaths a year in America due to the effects of these products on the human body and Tylenol is a major player.
Americans are being harmed and are dying each year due to the effects of painkillers such as Tylenol and are not being cautioned about the possible risks of taking these medicines. The Federal Drug Administration continues to allow pain killers that can cause liver and kidney damage to be sold.
What can the consumer do? Inform yourself. Read and research medicines such as Tylenol and other pain killers or analgesics.
Find out the side effects and risks of taking them. Look for alternatives to drugs such as Tylenol when possible. Treatments such as warm compresses for muscle spasm pain. Massage for body aches and headaches.
Try to find out the cause of your pain and provide your body with the nutrition it needs to repair itself or prevent injury instead of masking the pain with drugs while the underlying problem continues to break down your painful area.
Pain is a warning to you that something is wrong. Merely masking it with Tylenol or other pain relieving medicines does not solve your problem causing the pain. In fact your condition is getting worse. You just can't tell that damage is continuing to occur because you have masked the pain.
There are instances when pain relievers are needed such as severe pain caused by major surgery or injuries. Even then, though the side effects and risks should be considered and weighed by the benefits and the use of the pain reliever should be as short lived as possible.
Always use caution and due diligence about all medication especially pain relievers such as Tylenol. Is Tylenol dangerous for your health? Apparently these studies indicate that Tylenol has been responsible for liver and kidney function degradation. If it is absolutely necessary to take Tylenol to reduce pain or fever, these studies indicate it should be taken in the smallest dose possible and not over a prolonged period to reduce the chance of liver or kidney damage.
"Consumers usually have no idea of the toxicity of OTC [over-the-counter] drugs," said Dr. Walter Peterson, professor emeritus of medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at in Dallas:"They believe that because they are OTC, they are safe."
Protect Your Family. Inform Yourself!
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