August 13, 2010
A major new international study released Friday has found that adolescents who take acetaminophen, better known under the brand name Tylenol, have a higher risk of asthma, allergic nasal conditions and the skin disorder eczema. Those who took the common painkiller as infrequently as once a month had twice the normal risk of developing the disorders. Experts noted, however, that the study does not show that the drug causes the problems. In fact, some said, it is equally likely that the children were taking the drug because they were already suffering from asthma.
May 3, 2011 |
Many people have no idea what’s in their over-the-counter pain medication, if we’re to believe the results of a new study based on only 32 participants. And we’d just as well. Our own friends' and family members' confusion suggests they don't know either. Researchers from Northwestern University asked 32 adults in Atlanta and Chicago to match name-brand medicine boxes with the main active ingredient. Although 75% of participants knew that Bayer’s main ingredient was aspirin, fewer than half knew what was in Tylenol, Aleve and Advil.
July 1, 2009 |
Government experts called for sweeping safety restrictions Tuesday on the most widely used painkiller, including reducing the maximum dose of Tylenol and eliminating prescription drugs such as Vicodin and Percocet. The Food and Drug Administration assembled 37 experts to recommend ways to reduce deadly overdoses with acetaminophen, the leading cause of liver failure in the U.S., which sends 56,000 people to the emergency room annually. About 200 die each year.
April 26, 2010 |
I have been taking Benicar for hypertension for about three years. Now I have developed muscle and back pain. When I stop the Benicar, I don't have the pain. My other medications include estradiol, Celebrex and Nexium. My recent lab tests were normal, and Benicar controls my blood pressure well without any other side effects. What can you suggest? Benicar (olmesartan) is a type of blood pressure medicine called an ARB (angiotensin receptor blocker). Other drugs in this class include Atacand, Avapro, Cozaar, Diovan, Hyzaar, Micardis and Teveten.
October 17, 2009 |
Giving acetaminophen -- best-known by the brand name Tylenol -- to infants to prevent fevers after vaccinations reduces the effectiveness of the vaccines, perhaps because a fever is an essential part of the development of an immune response, Czech researchers reported Thursday in the journal Lancet. Even in the children studied who received acetaminophen, more than 90% developed protective antibodies, so the overall risk is small. Still, the finding suggests that it would be best not to use the drug to prevent fevers after vaccinations.
May 11, 1989 |
People who consume two or more tablets of acetaminophen--the primary ingredient in Tylenol and other popular painkillers--on a daily basis for at least a year have triple the normal risk of developing disabling kidney disease, according to a new study reported today. And, use of such painkillers may cause as much as 20% of all kidney disease requiring dialysis or transplants, according to a second article, also in the New England Journal of Medicine. An estimated 100,000 Americans have suffered complete kidney failure and currently receive such therapy.