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...
What exactly is a "black box" warning? Simply put, it's the strongest warning that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can require on a drug's packaging. The FDA requires the black box warning when studies suggest a drug can cause a serious or life-threatening side effect. The text of the warning is set apart from other information in a black box, so that doctors, pharmacists, and patients can easily see it. What did the FDA advisory panel recommend? The FDA itself hasn't made a decision about acetaminophen, but an FDA advisory panel has made 10 recommendations concerning the drug. Among those recommendations, the panel voted to remove acetaminophen-containing painkillers such as Vicodin, Tylenol 3, and Percocet from the nation's formularies. It also voted in favor of removing all acetaminophen-containing prescription drugs from the market. But the panel voted to keep over-the-counter (OTC) pills that combine acetaminophen and other ingredients, su...
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