If you’ve seen a doctor for joint pain, there’s a very good chance (near 100%) that medication was offered as the solution. First, you may try acetaminophen (Tylenol) over the counter, which is often recommended for soreness. If that doesn’t cut it, you may progress to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which are often used as […]
Acetaminophen (or paracetamol as its known in most countries outside of the U.S.) is the most commonly used pain reliever in the United States. Better known by its brand name, Tylenol, it is recommended as the first-line pain reliever for low-back pain, and you probably don’t think twice about taking a tablet or two if […]
Celebrex is a type of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) known as a COX-2 inhibitor. It works by blocking the COX-2 enzymes, which your body produces in response to inflammation. Celebrex is the only COX-2 inhibitor left on the market – all the others have been pulled from the market because of their heart risks! This […]
It’s been a few years since we uncovered 20 of the most shocking prescription drug statistics. If you read that article, you learned that over 100,000 people die each year from prescription drug side effects in the United States alone (and that’s just from side effects, it doesn’t include deaths from accidental mix-ups, prescribing errors […]
Earlier this year the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned against taking acetaminophen (Tylenol) in doses over 325 milligrams (mg) due to the risks of potentially fatal liver damage. It seems they’re slowly starting to get it, because now the FDA has again reversed another long-held position on a popular painkiller.
Here we go again! We’ve been telling you for a LONG time to beware of acetaminophen (Tylenol, etc). Recently the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally started to catch up. They just finished asking health care providers to stop prescribing acetaminophen in doses higher than 325 mg, for fear it could cause potentially fatal […]
People take prescription painkillers because they want to feel better. Sadly, this is often the exact opposite of what happens. It’s becoming such a common story that it boggles the mind why so many physicians just keep prescribing drugs that ultimately only add to their patients’ pain.
Hundreds of over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medicines contain acetaminophen as the active ingredient. This includes not only Tylenol but also popular opioid pain relievers like oxycodone (Percocet), hydrocodone (Vicodin) and codeine (Tylenol with Codeine). The problem with these medications is that acetaminophen is very hard on your liver. If you take too much, you could […]
Are you feeling forgetful? Foggy headed? Just not quite as sharp as you used to be? While these can be signs of dementia, more often they’re simply normal declines in memory that typically start to happen around age 50 (though they aren’t inevitable, which I’ll explain later). However, if you take medications it’s worth checking […]
If you have joint pain, you may not think twice about taking a couple of aspirin or ibuprofen pills for relief. But perhaps you should, as this incredibly common class of medications — non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) — may actually harm your joints and ultimately make joint pain worse …