IS OVER THE COUNTER ACETAMINOPHEN BAD FOR ME?

A great advantage of Acetaminophen (aka Paracetamol) is it doesn't suffer from any of the nasty side effects like stomach bleeding that is reported with non-steroid anti-inflammatories such as aspirin and ibuprofen, or addition issues with opioids like codeine.​…


Despite its apparent benignness, a study published in The Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases Journal 2015, concluded that there was a somewhat increased risk of undesirable effects from the prolonged use of Acetaminophen, from heart attacks, strokes and early death.…


Should we be worried about using Acetaminophen?

The 2015 study was a systematic review, meaning it made use of data from many researches collected over long periods of time, which was analyzed searching for significant patterns. The data came from many different groups of patients located all over the world. Some patients had kidney problems others were taking combines drugs which were known to cause similar side-effects. All this meant that it was not possible to say with confidence that Acetaminophen was causing the observed effects.…


With this all said, the occasional use of Acetaminophen should be worry free. However, it is critically important to keep within the daily recommended limits for Acetaminophen  as overdoses can be very dangerous.…


If you are having to take large doses of Acetaminophen, over a long period of time, you should discuss other alternatives with your doctor.…


(Note: Before taking any medicines it is advised to consult with your physician)…


Dr. Jacqueline Nguyen

Dr. Jacqueline Nguyen

Dr. Jacqueline Nguyen is a distinguished Clinical Pharmacist who graduated from the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy (USC) in May 1998. From working as a pharmacist for over a decade, she has learned that a successful clinical pharmacist needs to have certain essential attributes: attention to detail, genuine care for patients, the ability to understand a patient’s desires, the experience and continuing education to care for a patient’s overall health and an uncompromising commitment to stay abreast with cutting-edge medical treatments and alternative natural treatments to help patients.