Take Tylenol at Your Own Risk
Researchers found that regular use of the over-the-counter painkiller acetaminophen was linked to higher rates of , as well as reduced lung function.
Experiments involving animals suggested that acetaminophen might lower antioxidant activity in the lungs; however, whether such results translated to an effect on human respiratory disease was unknown. That was until ...
Researchers Evaluated Data
... from the Third National Health Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) from 1988-94.
Participants involved in the study were asked whether they had taken acetaminophen, aspirin and ibuprofen during the previous month. Among the 13,492 participants:Almost 7 percent had asthma.
Some 12 percent suffered from COPD.
Almost 3 percent were plagued with both.
Of the group, 4.3 percent of the participants said they used acetaminophen on a daily basis, compared to 8.2 percent who used aspirin and 2.5 percent who used ibuprofen.
Researchers concluded acetaminophen use was linked to asthma and COPD--its risk increased in relation to the dosage. And while lung function was also impaired by the daily use of acetaminophen, taking aspirin or ibuprofen was not linked with respiratory illness.
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine May 1, 2005;171:966-971
Medical News Today May 3, 2005
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Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., D.A.C.B.N., M.S.