Painkillers Might Kill, but Pain Isn't the Real Victim

Let me make it very clear that the research is still being tested on the following information. Sadly, the signs are there that the initial findings are true but more research is being done.

A painkiller for a headache you get every once in a while is one thing. You might, however, be one of the many who routinely take Tylenol or other OTC products that contain acetaminophen. New research shows that long-time chronic users of acetaminophen, the active ingredient of Tylenol, produce an increased risk for blood cancers.

Reuters had this to say:

“The scientists followed nearly 65,000 older men and women in Washington State. At the outset, they asked the participants about their use of painkillers over the past ten years and made sure that no one had cancer... After accounting for things like age, arthritis, and a family history of certain blood cancers, chronic acetaminophen users had nearly twice the risk of developing the disease.”

How prevalent are the problems? After all, you don't hear about Tylenol being all that harmful. Let me end this section with only one statement, given by the FDA of all groups, that helps confirm the reason that the Journal of American Medical Association stated that acetaminophen use is the number one cause of acute liver failure in the United States:

“ … taking more than the recommended amount [acetaminophen] can cause liver damage, ranging from abnormalities in liver function blood tests, to acute liver failure, and even death.”

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