There is a reason why we call all those detoxes or cleanses a waste of money. The liver does an excellent job of filtering out the bad stuff inside your body. The organ acts as Brita filter for the blood and is subject to all crap that enters your system. Although alcohol is the main reason that damages your liver, there many other reasons too. Unfortunately, there are some healthy habits or supplements which do graver damage than alcohol alone. Excessive intake of Over the Counter medicines or OTC such as Acetaminophen-containing Tylenol can be toxic to the liver.
We agree that OTC medicines offer relief from health problems. However, like an excess of anything has its disadvantages, taking these medicines in large amounts comes with its side-effects. Be it a cough & cold drugs, sinus medicines or others, each of these contain acetaminophen. Hence it is essential to check the ingredients and dosage instructions before consumption.
The next time you think of popping in a Tylenol to prevent hangover after a long night of drinking, think again. It does the opposite as the pain reliever when mixed with alcohol is a double danger for the liver. It’s better to avoid mixing pain relievers with alcohol and instead go for ibuprofen or aspirin.
Acute liver failure is a condition wherein the liver stops to function for a few days or weeks. It is most common in people who experienced liver-related problems before. An overdose of acetaminophen can lead to serious health issues like increased pressure inside the brain or excessive bleeding. It is a primary component in drugs like Theraflu, Excedrin, Tylenol, and NyQuil. An alarming figure suggests that painkillers and cold medicines have been responsible for over 2,600 hospitalizations, 56,000 emergency room visits, and approximately 460 deaths each year.
Research suggests even reduced dosage but consumption over a substantial period leads to harmful impact on the health. In most cases, the overdose was due to using more than a single drug at a time such as a combination of painkiller and cold medicine.
As per research released in the Journal of American Medical Association, Acetaminophen can result in liver damage. For this study, the team took the data from 145 healthy individuals who were divided into three different groups.
1: Participants of this group were given the combination of acetaminophen and opioid.
2: Participants were given the only
3: This group only took the placebo.
The participants were under observation for over two weeks. Two groups that had received acetaminophen showed an increased level of critical liver enzyme ranging between 31 to 44%. It means that the drug causes liver damage. Post consumption, it depletes glutathione from the body which is an antioxidant. Eventually, this causes increased stress to the liver resulting in acute liver failure.
Acetaminophen is a highly dangerous medicine that is readily available in the market. Figures suggest that over 100,000 calls were made to Poison Control Centers in the USA due to the effect of Acetaminophen. As discussed above a combination of acetaminophen with alcohol, pain relief pills or Tylenol increases the risk of kidney damage by over 123%.
Recently, PBS News had released their study which said consumption of the medicine for several days in dosage 25% above the maximum levels or even two extra pills a day can cause massive damage to the liver. Thus it is an alarming situation, and people should know about the products that are readily available in the market but can be dangerous for health.
There are millions who popup a pill every time they feel joint pain, muscle pain, back pain or even migraine attacks. It is essential to consider its consumption and possibly replace it with natural alternatives. An overdose of Acetaminophen has proven to be a leading cause of acute liver failure across the United States of America.