Skip to comments.The most common pain killer ... is a killer
Posted on 02/12/2013 5:46:24 AM PST by wesagain
Take a close look through your medicine cabinet. First look for all the obvious Tylenol medications Tylenol, Tylenol PM, Tylenol Cough and Cold, acetaminophen (the generic name for Tylenol), etc. Next, look for any prescription pain medications you may have such as Lortab or Hydrocodone/APAP the APAP means Tylenol has been added. Check cold medications Nyquil, Alka-Seltzer Plus, St. Joseph Aspirin Free and Zicam, etc. Any drug that has APAP, cet, or acetam as part of the name probably contains Tylenol. Notice how many of your medications contain acetaminophen/Tylenol.
This hunt is not just an academic exercise. Tylenol is the No. 1 reason for liver failure in America today not because people are knowingly taking an overdose, but because they are being unwittingly exposed to acetaminophen from a variety of sources over a long period of time. The Tylenol people have done a great job of slipping their product into a myriad of commonly used drugs.
Instead of Lortab or other combination pain killers, I routinely give my patients plain Codeine after surgery, but until I specifically asked for it, my local pharmacy had no common prescription narcotic painkiller without Tylenol. Generally, pain medicine given post-op contains Tylenol.
Tylenol is marketed for two purposes pain relief and as an anti-pyretic, i.e. it lowers fever. It is very effective in these regards, but with increased exposure, side effects are starting to emerge. In addition to liver failure where the science is quite well worked out Tylenol probably is bad for the brain and the kidneys.
Nearly ten years ago, an article was published in .......
(Excerpt) Read more at wnd.com ...
It was found in the Neurology study that if you take an anti-inflammatory medication for two years, you decrease your risk of Alzheimers by about 50 percent as compared to those people who took nothing. This makes sense with what we know about Alzheimers being partly an inflammation of the brain. In the main section of the paper, the data also showed that people who took Tylenol for two years almost doubled their risk of developing Alzheimers.........
I suppose that I am lucky.
The first time I ever tried tylenol it gave me a terrible headache. It did the same for my siblings. I’ve never taken it since.
Tylenol does nothing for me...Hydrocodone/Tylenol seems to do less.
After my dentist told me to take 6 Advil rather than prescription drugs, then finally accepting that I can’t take large doses of Advil, giving me a script for the above mentioned drug which does little good.
There is no such thing as a medicine that doesn’t have some bad effects.
I have arthritis. Can,t take cellebrex, Doctor told me not to take naproxen, Tylenol will ruin my liver, and aspirin will ruin my stomach.
High Blood pressure will kill me if the medicine I take for it doesn’t kill me first.Many people are taking rat poisoning (warfarin) to stay alive .I haven’t reached that point yet. Pretty soon I will be old enough where I get cut off and rationed by Obamacare.
Stay healthy ——if you can.
Some OTC brands can cause liver problems.
Other OTC brands can cause kidney problems.
The main reason they put pseudoephedrine behind the pharmacy counter had more to do with it being used to manufacture ilicit drugs.
Anything in excess is dangerous. Nearly everything is going to have a negative impact on a few.
While it is good to know the dangers and take precautions, we don’t live in bubblewrap.
Too many times articles such as this have the underlying agenda to get products banned or more heavily controlled via prescriptions, etc.
Tylenol has not more effect on me than an m&m would. But since I have a chronic pain problem, I take an ibuprophen once a day and sometimes twice. That’s probably not good either but you have to trade off sometimes. A case of choose your poison I suppose.
If you place your pinkie finger in a vise and gradually tighten it, your head ache will fade away
I’ve used aspirin all my life (blessed with a cast-iron stomach), but likely used the tylenol hidden in other products lots of times. I’ll check the labels more carefully! My liver is needed to process my twice-a-week recovery beverages after rec b’ball, Smithwicks and Guinness!
My father was a dentist in WWII where on board ship he had to also act as physician.
He told me in the ‘50’s that acetaminophen was a no-no and was destructive to the kidneys and liver when Tylenol came out....he always prescribed ASA - Acetyl salicylic Acid - aspirin. He said he learned that acetaminophen was destructive in dental school before WWII, and they were told not to prescribe it.
Duh, knowledge has been around a long, long time. But powerful marketing by McNeil/Johnson & Johnson has so over-shadowed the truth that the majority of the medical community has bought into the lie that it is safe.....and it’s almost impossible to avoid in some form or other.....
same here... celebrex made me feel like a million bucks... until my blood pressure shot off the charts and my urine turned dark brown...
I am now taking enbrel...
A friend on aspirin for arthritus wound up with a hole in his stomach.
My mom lived until she was 90....wouldn't take her medicine.
Here is a bit more interesting information:
Opposing effects of aspirin and acetaminophen use on risk of adult acute leukemia
“The current study investigated the effects of aspirin or acetaminophen use on adult acute leukemia risk among 169 individuals with leukemia and 676 age and sex matched hospital controls with non-neoplastic conditions who completed a comprehensive epidemiologic questionnaire. Results indicate that regular aspirin use may be associated with a modest decrease in leukemia risk ...”
Personally, I prefer coated aspirin taken with some food.
What do you do about the elderly who have crippling painful never ending (till death) arthritis? Having older relatives I have watched this destroy them.
I just turned 58. Rarely take anything except for the occasional headache. In that case I take an aspirin. I haven’t been to a doctor in years. I’m overweight but am pretty strong for a woman my age. I imagine it will catch up with me at some point.....
Try Flax seed oil. I’ve seen miracles in people with high blood pressure. (Hubby, friend, mother, me)
Look it up! When I research a supplement, I stay away from the hype and only look at the medical research.
My friend’s cardiologist had her try it about ten years ago. He told her it was his first line of defense for high BP. Most of his patients were normalized within a month without drugs. It worked for her; so, when hubby’s BP started going up, I gave it to him. Within a month, he was fine, now he takes it daily and has no more BP issues. Same thing happened with my mom.
Cutting back on carbs helps, too.
I do not take pain medication of any kind. On the rare occasion that I do, I take Excedrin. That’s about once or maybe twice per year.
I’m in my late 50’s and I have arthritis in my back, hips and knees. I also have several degenerating disks in my lower back, with one of them completely gone. I take the prescription drug Cymbalta, and it helps quite a bit for not being a narcotic. I also take about 1200 mg of aspirin a day for the inflammation, and it helps a bit too. I don’t like taking them regularly, but I occasionally still ask for narcotics, and get Vicodin, with the lowest amount of Tylenol that they offer.
Marie, how do you take the flaxseed oil? Do you cook with it or add it to food?
Maybe if patients took a little personal responsibility and actually KNEW a little about their medical problems and their medications this wouldn’t be a problem. No instead the Nanny State will need to protect us all again.