In our country from a very young age, people are used to taking Tylenol. While the causes of headaches and pain are vast, there has yet to be a case where the cause was a deficiency of an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), such as Advil, acetaminophen such as Tylenol.
Just because it’s over the counter and approved by the government does not mean that it’s safe.
These over the counter drugs may help you feel comfortable during the acute phases of an injury by reducing pain and inflammation. However, they come with side effects. They are still drugs and have an adverse effect on the body.
It also should be known that they do not promote soft tissue healing and often times worsen degenerative bone changes.
Long-term use of NSAIDs has been shown to cause serious health problems, leading to more than 100,000 hospitalizations and 16,500 deaths a year in the United States alone. About 80% of people who experience serious problems from taking NSAIDS, such as gastrointestinal bleeding, have no warning. Unfortunately, you can’t feel your liver degrading or your stomach lining eroding until it’s severe.
NSAIDS cause liver, stomach and kidney stress. These over the counter meds can interact with prescription drugs as well as alcohol.
- 17,000 people die each year just from aspirin.
- Acetaminophen is one of the most common poisoning overdoses worldwide. (Many accidental)
- Tylenol is the #1 cause of liver failure in the U.S.
- NSAIDs can be hard on the kidneys and cause kidney failure.
Safety Concerns for Kids taking Pain Reliving Drugs
Tylenol is also typically the first go –to for parents when their baby or child has a fever or experiences discomfort. In fact the majority of babies are given Tylenol within the first 6 months of their life.
Now, a major study of over 20,000 children suggests that giving this popular medicine even as infrequently as once per year could have a permanent, life-threatening health effect.
Researchers at the University of A Coruna in Spain asked the parents of 10,371 children ages 6-7 and 10,372 adolescents aged 13-14 whether their children had asthma and how often they had been given acetaminophen within the previous year as well as when they were babies.
The children in the younger age group who had received the medicine only once per year were at 70% greater risk for asthma while those receiving Tylenol once a month or more were shockingly 540% more likely to have asthma.
The study, published in the European Journal of Public Health, also found that children who had even a single dose of Tylenol before their first birthday had a 60% risk of developing asthma.
In the older age group of 13 and 14 year-olds, asthma was 40 percent more likely if they had taken acetaminophen within the previous 12 months. The young teenagers were 250% more at risk if they took it once a month.
Find the Cause for Long Term Pain Relief
Pain is your body signaling to you that there is a problem that needs to be addressed. Covering the pain up with over the counter drug relief does not solve the underlying problem.
Taking a Tylenol or Advil is like putting duct tape over the “Change Oil” light in your car. They symptom is gone, but the problem remains. The danger happens as the problem continues to worsen silently as the symptoms have been dampened or diminished.
Anti-inflammatory drugs are not designed to get you through life as a means to manage your aches and pains.
Over the counter drugs are not a good long-term solution because of all the damage that can be done. Instead, try natural methods to reduce pain.
Natural ways to reduce pain and inflammation include ice, heat, supplements such as bromelain, natural topical ointments, and of course chiropractic care. A chiropractic exam can help determine the cause of the pain or symptoms and can be incredibly beneficial in preventing future aches and pains.
Dr. Sara HIlleshiem is a chiropractor at Relief Plus Chiropractic in Minnetonka MN near Wayzata MN and Hopkins MN. At Relief Plus Chiropractic our approach to care allows us to get great results with a number of conditions without the use of drugs. Call us today at 952.681.2863 to learn more. – See more at: http://www.reliefplusmn.com