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Is it truly possible Tylenol (a.k.a. acetominophen) causes asthma? The evidence seems to be pointing in that direction.
A stunning observation made by CNN Health was that asthma rates started to climb in 1980. Coincidentally that was the same year aspirin was linked to Reyes Syndrome.
Also, that was the year Tylenol was first marketed as the pain reliever hospitals choose first. You can see such a commercial here .
Since 1980 asthma rates have risen dramatically. The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology ( aaaai.org ) lists the following asthma statistics:
Asthma rates in children under the age of 5 increased more than 160 percent from 1980 to 1994
The prevalence of asthma increased 75 percent between 1980 and 1994
Surely it's possible asthmatics simply have more pain than the average person. It's also possible greater asthma wisdom has more patients being properly diagnose...
My husband has had an array of medical issues since 2000. He has polycystic kidney disease for which he received a kidney transplant in 2005. Due to an untreated bacterial infection (most likely from the transplant surgery), he contracted bacterial endocarditis and had his aortic valve replaced with an artificial valve shortly thereafter. In 2006, he had a massive subdural hematoma, the cause of which is uncertain. He had a craniotomy, and although not expected to survive, has recuperated and is doing amazingly well except for one thing. Throughout these ongoing problems, he resisted taking narcotic pain medications and opted to take Tylenol to treat his pain. He was fearful he would become addicted to the narcotics and ironically, has become addicted to Tylenol instead. This has resulted in a severe case of rebound headaches and has been going on for years.
He takes Tylenol every six hours all day and still has horrific headaches that ...
Remember that game show called "Press Your Luck" where contestants would battle the game of chance in order to win money. Land on a "Whammy" and all that money would be gone in an instant. Many chronic pain patients also battle the game of chance by taking way too much Tylenol each day. Only this "whammy" could cost a life.
Sometimes taking these chances is by accident because Acetaminophen is in so many products with various names like NyQuil, Vicodin, Percocet , Lortab, and the list goes on and on. The problem is that the amount of Tylenol adds up with every product consumed daily. Some people still do not realize that APAP, Acetaminophen and Tylenol are all the same thing. This lingo can be deadly to those unaware. However, some people are very aware that they are taking too much Tylenol. They choose to press their luck. Some give explanations for this reckless behavior like, "I've been O.K. so far" or "My doctor checks my liver test periodically". Someday these excuses ...
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