Acetaminophen can damage more than just the liver, according to new evidence

The most dangerous drug getting pushed down your throat

For years I’ve been warning you about the dangers of acetaminophen, but this just-released study brings a whole new danger to light.

It’s not only the hospital overdoses of this toxic painkiller. It’s not only the risk to your liver of popping a Tylenol when you’ve, well…had a few. It’s not even only that thousands accidentally overdose on acetaminophen each year, and that hundreds will die as a result.

But these new findings, presented at the recent American Public Health Association’s annual meeting, should take any concern you have over this drug to a new level — a bright, flashing, red-alert high.

The party’s over

In September I mentioned the absurd new “warning” (if you can even call it that). You know the one. Johnson & Johnson proudly announced the lid of all Tylenol bottle caps will be stamped: “Contains acetaminophen. Always read the label.”

Oh horrors!

Now, what if we take the results of this new research and put that on the bottle caps? It would read something like this: “Warning: if you sometimes have a few beers or a couple glasses of wine, even taking the proper dose of this drug could destroy your kidneys.”

OK, they are never going to put a warning even remotely like that on the Tylenol package, but those are the findings.

The fact is that combining even light to moderate alcohol consumption and acetaminophen will increase your risk of kidney damage. And not by some small, insignificant amount either, but by a whopping 123%!

The study’s lead researcher noted that on their own, low-to-moderate drinking and acetaminophen use are not risk factors for kidney damage. But put the two together and bam! — it’s a direct hit on the kidneys.

Not surprisingly, they also noted that their findings were especially “worrying for young adults” who tend to consume more alcohol. And considering that the most frequently used drug to self-treat pain is acetaminophen, well, you’ve got a deadly combination.

We know that liver damage from acetaminophen use has been talked about for years; even the Associated Press called it “the nation’s leading cause of sudden liver failure.” But now with these new warnings we now know acetaminophen doesn’t only target the liver.

Pretty soon, the cap won’t be big enough for all the warnings Tylenol should carry.

Sources:
“Acetaminophen in combination with alcohol can harm the kidneys” Medical News Today, 11/7/13, medicalnewstoday.com

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