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Risks: A Warning on Asthma and Acetaminophen
NY Times ^ | August 16, 2010 | RONI CARYN RABIN

Posted on 08/20/2010 10:09:36 PM PDT by neverdem

Young teenagers who use acetaminophen even once a month develop asthma symptoms more than twice as often as those who never take it, a large international study has found. And frequent users also had more eczema and eye and sinus irritation.

Other studies have linked acetaminophen (often sold as Tylenol and in other over-the-counter remedies for pain, colds, fever and allergies) with an increased risk of asthma. But the new study’s authors cautioned that the findings did not mean children should stop using it.

“Acetaminophen remains the preferred drug to relieve pain and fever in children,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Richard W. Beasley, a professor of medicine at the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand. He noted that aspirin and ibuprofen should not be used in children with asthma, since they can bring on an attack...

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Testing
KEYWORDS: acetaminophen; allergy; asthma; eczema; immunology; tylenol

1 posted on 08/20/2010 10:09:38 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Could it have anything to do with the fillers commonly used in these tablets?


2 posted on 08/20/2010 10:10:31 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Mother Abigail; EBH; vetvetdoug; Smokin' Joe; Global2010; Battle Axe; null and void; ...

immunology ping


3 posted on 08/20/2010 10:13:37 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Could it have anything to do with the fillers commonly used in these tablets?

Never say never in medicine, but I don't think so. Those fillers are used in all sorts of tablets. Acetaminophen comes as liquid too. Maybe somebody makes softgels?

4 posted on 08/20/2010 10:19:52 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem
Hospitals love pumping you with Tylenol because it's "gentler on your stomach" which would be cool except it also DOESN'T WORK very well.

I was once in a hospital )about 20 years ago) and I complained of a headache so the nurse offered a Tylenol. It did little to help. But then when I got an itemized bill, it turned out that one Tylenol tablet cost $18.00. Yes, you can go to your supermarket and probably buy over 1,000 Tylenols for the cost of this one pill at the hospital.

But, of course, you're not allowed to bring in your own meds.

5 posted on 08/20/2010 11:10:27 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Washington, we Texans want a divorce!)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

My son is a biochemistry major and told me that tylenol contains benzene rings. Not a great thing for us to injest. However, from the commercials they tout how gentle it is. I think this information has been out there but the general public isn’t being given all the information that would allow us to make better choices.


6 posted on 08/20/2010 11:13:45 PM PDT by mpstan
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Ping... (Thanks, neverdem!)


7 posted on 08/20/2010 11:17:43 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Acetaminophen should only be used in young children and those who cannot tolerate aspirin. It is not as effective as aspirin as both a pain reliever and it is not an anti inflammatory. Acetaminophen also suffers from very dangerous side effects when it is mixed with other drugs or alcohol.


8 posted on 08/20/2010 11:28:26 PM PDT by Wooly
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To: Smokin' Joe

Acetaminophen should only be used in young children and those who cannot tolerate aspirin. It is not as effective as aspirin as both a pain reliever and it is not an anti inflammatory. Acetaminophen also suffers from very dangerous side effects when it is mixed with other drugs or alcohol.


9 posted on 08/20/2010 11:28:27 PM PDT by Wooly
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To: neverdem
Maybe somebody makes softgels?

Yep they do. I'm taking Walgreens house brand and they are in caps, But the Tylenol brand also comes in capsules, at least for the extended release and extra strength version. (Had knee replacement surgery 29 June, stopped taking anything but Tylenol about 2 weeks later. Still take it, but generally only 3 times a day, rather than 4. That will change, as I'm having the other knee replaced next Tuesday, 24 Aug.

10 posted on 08/20/2010 11:58:44 PM PDT by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: neverdem

Using Aleve instead of Tylenol for an asthmatic.

Also good for migraines too if taken early enough.

Of course lurkers, consult your physician about what’s best for you.


11 posted on 08/21/2010 12:14:49 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: El Gato

Good Luck!


12 posted on 08/21/2010 1:08:38 AM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: OrangeHoof
Last time my husband was hospitalized in our local hosp, I was allowed to go home and get his meds(he takes more that a dozen). I was grateful. We could stick to his timeline instead of moving by their speed, snail on gravel.
13 posted on 08/21/2010 3:25:55 AM PDT by grame (May you know more of the love of God Almighty this day!)
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To: neverdem

also causes hepatitis which the company also has ignored.


14 posted on 08/21/2010 3:45:00 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: neverdem

well, one problem might be that those with asthma and allergies are told to use tylenol (acetaminophen) instead of aspirin or NSAIDS like Motrin or Advil, because NSAIDS and aspirin can cause asthma.

So is it the cause, or just a bad sample?

Also, most teenagers never take any pain reliever. So is the population that takes tylenol/acetaminophen biased toward those who have other medical problems that could be associated with asthma?


15 posted on 08/21/2010 3:46:18 AM PDT by LadyDoc (liberals only love politically correct poor people)
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To: Gene Eric

Alleve is the best pain killer of all the “over the counter” ones, in my experience.

But it can cause ulcers. I take it for arthritis when I’m hurting, but can’t take it every day because it makes my stomach hurt.

If you have to take it, take it with Prilosec, and that lowers the problem, but doesn’t eliminate it.

As for tylenol: if it works, it’s the best but doesn’t work for me.


16 posted on 08/21/2010 3:50:45 AM PDT by LadyDoc (liberals only love politically correct poor people)
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To: neverdem
More studies have to be done as far as I understand. Since there is question as to why someone would take tylenol in the first place.

Normally cold or flu or ailment prompts one to dose themselves with Tylenol and all three conditions are known Asthma triggers.

Chicken or the egg?

17 posted on 08/21/2010 3:54:56 AM PDT by winoneforthegipper ("If you can't ride two horses at once, you probably shouldn't be in the circus" - SP)
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To: neverdem

Acetaminophen is used in a lot of cold remedies. Don’t asthma symptoms frequently follow colds? Maybe the asthma is a result of cold germs and not the acetaminophen taken by these kids.


18 posted on 08/21/2010 4:13:38 AM PDT by Upstate NY Guy (Gen 15:16 The iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete.)
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To: mpstan

A lot of natural biochemicals sport the benzene ring, or some variant upon it.


19 posted on 08/21/2010 4:21:26 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Diogenesis
also causes hepatitis which the company also has ignored

Correct. From Wikipedia:

"While generally safe for use at recommended doses (1,000 mg per single dose and up to 4,000 mg per day for adults, up to 2,000 mg per day if drinking alcohol), acute overdoses of paracetamol can cause potentially fatal liver damage and, in rare individuals, a normal dose can do the same; the risk is heightened by alcohol consumption. Paracetamol toxicity is the foremost cause of acute liver failure in the Western world, and accounts for most drug overdoses in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand."

20 posted on 08/21/2010 5:41:31 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: OrangeHoof

The reason that tylenol tablet costs $18.00 is that the hospital is having to recover the cost for all kinds of extra services, from the extra labor required for the nurse to document to the government’s approval that they gave you the correct medicine and dosage at the right time, to that fancy facility, to chaplain services, to all the free care that they have to give at the government’s directive that the government doesn’t pay for.


21 posted on 08/21/2010 9:35:59 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: OrangeHoof

The reason that tylenol tablet costs $18.00 is that the hospital is having to recover the cost for all kinds of extra services, from the extra labor required for the nurse to document to the government’s approval that they gave you the correct medicine and dosage at the right time, to that fancy facility, to chaplain services, to all the free care that they have to give at the government’s directive that the government doesn’t pay for.


22 posted on 08/21/2010 9:36:13 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Smokin' Joe

Thanks for the ping!


23 posted on 08/21/2010 11:18:14 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: neverdem
Hmm interesting. I take acetaminophen daily due to migranes, I also have asthama.

Maybe I can call one of the ambulance chasers that advertise all day on Fox News and sue somebody.

This can easily become the "asbestos of the 21st Century". I hope some sleazy lawyer isn't trolling Free Republic today.

24 posted on 08/21/2010 11:49:08 AM PDT by Dengar01 (Go Blackhawks!!! and Go White Sox!!!)
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To: Alamo-Girl

You’re Welcome, Alamo-Girl!


25 posted on 08/21/2010 11:49:34 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Thanks Joe. My hubands doctor told him to take ibuprofen rather than acetaminophen.


26 posted on 08/21/2010 6:04:37 PM PDT by Oorang (Tyranny thrives where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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To: LadyDoc

>> If you have to take it, take it with Prilosec

Thanks for that info. The ulcer factor never occurred to me.

I avoid taking pain relievers unless absolutely necessary. The Aleve in my experience often works to mitigate migraine symptoms (or at least I ‘believe’ it does).


27 posted on 08/21/2010 10:22:12 PM PDT by Gene Eric
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