In this video Dr. Stephen Graham discusses the dangers of taking the over the counter drug, Tylenol. Tylenol is advertised to reduce pain, fevers and relieve symptoms of allergies, colds, coughs, and flu.
Dr. Graham states that the main ingredient in Tylenol is acetaminophen. Acetaminophen works by elevating the pain threshold. So what was painful to someone before at a level 10 may only feel like a level 5, for example.
The side effects for Tylenol are wide. Here are a few of the many side effects:bloody stools, bloody or cloudy urine, red spots on the skin, sore throat, sores or ulcers on the lips or mouth, sudden decrease in the amount of urine, tiredness or weakness, yellow eyes or skin, increased sweating, loss of appetite, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea. Interestingly, for the people who are taking Tylenol for back pain, one of the side effects is back pain.
One of the biggest dangers in Tylenol is the margin between the amount that helps and the amount that can cause serious harm is smaller than for other pain relievers. In one research study it showed that taking 8 extra strength Tylenols daily for 2 weeks caused liver damage. In fact, the number 1 cause of acute liver failure in the United States is Tylenol type products.
Many people double or triple-up, taking multiple OTC medications, all of which may contain acetaminophen. This is where an overdose can easily occur. The potential for acetaminophen to harm the liver is increased when it is combined with alcohol.
There are many documented cases every year of liver damage leading to death from Tylenol mixed with Alcohol.
Some natural type pain relievers include ginger, Krill oil, Bromelain, and Cayenne cream. These all have natural pain relievers contained in their make up.
Finally, Dr. Graham discusses his method through computerized adjustments that can take pressure off the nerve to relieve the pain. Graham reports that removing the cause is the more prudent way of taking care of the problem versus taking a quick pill to cover up the symptoms and potentially damaging the liver.