For several years the data around Tylenol (acetaminophen) has been growing. It is now the leading cause of cirrhosis of the liver, surpassing alcohol, as a cause of fatal liver damage. For the past 2 decades the Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs, the class that Tylenol belongs too, has been sold as a safe, side-effect free, alternative to the opiate drugs for pain and swelling. We now know that is not true.
Even when taken at recommended doses, acetaminophen, the primary active ingredient in Tylenol, can cause major damage to the liver, potentially leading to liver failure and even death. In fact, acetaminophen is currently the leading cause of sudden liver failure in the U.S., as its toxic metabolites have been shown to kill liver cells. The drug is so toxic that as many as 80,000 people are rushed to the emergency room annually due to acetaminophen poisoning, and another 500-or-so end up dead from liver failure.
These are disturbing figures that might come as a surprise to most people, especially considering that millions of Americans pop Tylenol and acetaminophen-containing drugs on a regular basis. But with more than 85 personal injury lawsuits and counting filed against the company in federal court, McNeil is feeling the heat from a drug that has long been claimed as one of the safest painkiller drugs on the market, which it clearly is not.
“The warning will make it explicitly clear that the over-the-counter drug contains acetaminophen, a pain-relieving ingredient that’s the nation’s leading cause of sudden liver failure,” writes Matthew Perrone for the AP. “The new cap is designed to grab the attention of people who don’t read warnings that already appear in the fine print on the product’s label, according to company executives.”
It is so important to find alternative ways to deal with your pain and swelling. Using diet/nutrition, turmeric, energy healing, and other non-drug approaches is key to avoiding use of the NSAIDS.
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