I did some research on the real effects of Tylenol, it might surprise you. What side effects may result from long-term use/high doses of Acetaminophen? What about your liver and kidneys? Mixing with alcohol is even more dangerous yet how many people mix the two everyday?
What can we do? There are many reasons for headaches, diet, stress, misalignment. If we tackle them one at a time we can get closer to the answer instead of masking it with pain pills that lead to further problems. One of our local doctors in Toronto has some great advice on the perils of painkillers, tylenol toxicity and its Alternatives by Zoltan P. Rona, MD, M.Sc. I added some information from his website below that he suggested as alternatives to Tylenol such as Ginger Root, Boswellia, Bromelain, Curcumin and more. See last article.
By Carol Eustice, About.com Guide
Updated November 18, 2006
Potential For Liver / Kidney Toxicity
Despite universal acceptance, references have been reported of potential liver and kidney toxicity. These warning reports should alert all users of Tylenol, particularly those who chronically use maximum doses of the drug, to these serious risk factors. Fortunately, patient awareness and routine liver and kidney profile testing will discover any organ abnormality.
The American Association of Poison Control Centers shows the following statistics for reported acetaminophen poisonings in 2001:
- Total reported exposures: 57,516
- Reported exposures, under the age of 19: 40,774
- Unintentional overdoses: 35,705
- Intentional overdoses: 20,002
- Total treated for the exposure: 24,934
- Impact on health from the incident: none, 15,029; minor, 6,223; moderate, 3,138; major, 829; fatal: 120
Information from: http://headaches.about.com/cs/medicationsusage/a/acet_death.htm
Dangerous Side Effects
Serious acetaminophen side effects pose a much greater risk than many consumers realize. In some cases, an individual may experience an acetaminophen side effect and attribute it to some other cause. Sadly, some users even suffer liver failure due to acetaminophen use without their ever knowing.
Some of the more severe acetaminophen side effects include:
- Acute liver toxicity
- Allergic reactions including swelling, difficulty breathing, closing of throat, and more
- Abdominal pain
- Unusual bleeding or bruising
Liver Failure, Death, and Acetaminophen
Acetaminophen becomes a toxin when large amounts are ingested or under other specific conditions. The U.S. Acute Liver Failure Study Group found that acetaminophen poisoning is the leading cause of liver failure in the nation, accounting for approximately half of all cases. Some of these instances of liver failure occur even when following the dosage recommendations printed on the bottle.
The following conditions can significantly increase the risk of liver failure and death in acetaminophen users:
- Heavy alcohol use
- The simultaneous use of more than one medication containing acetaminophen
- The simultaneous use of another drug that affects the liver
If you have decreased liver function, hepatitis, AIDS, malnutrition, kidney disease, anorexia nervosa, or drink alcohol on a regular basis, you should not take acetaminophen without first consulting your doctor. Diabetics should note that acetaminophen may alter blood sugar test results.
Great information from: http://www.onlinelawyersource.com/acetaminophen/side-effects.html
An article from a local Doctor here is Toronto with advice on what we can do for an alternative to Tylenol View full article »