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...
This is for my "friend" Alice (not her real name) and other people who know people with Migraines...
Alice, you recently said to me, "Take three extra-strength Tylenol with a cup of coffee. That will fix you right up." When I said, "Thanks for the suggestion. Unfortunately Tylenol doesn't touch these Migraines," your reply was, "If You Won’t Try Tylenol for That Migraine, Stop Complaining."
I was so astounded, dismayed, and aghast, that I couldn't speak. I was also hurt and, quite bluntly, offended by your statement and attitude. That's why I told you I'd talk with you later and hung up. Now that I've had some time to recover, I'm writing a response to you.
We've known each other for over 40 years, and I've had Migraines for over 50 years. That you could say what you said to someone you've called a friend for more than 40 years simply astonishes me. Have you felt that way all this time? You've seen me cowering on the high school restroom floor while I vomite...
Generic Name: DECONGESTANT/ACETAMINOPHEN - ORAL Tylenol Sinus Congestion Pain Oral Uses
This combination medication is used to temporarily treat
symptoms caused by the common cold, flu, allergies, or other breathing
illnesses (such as sinusitis, bronchitis). Decongestants help relieve stuffy
nose, sinus, and ear congestion symptoms. Acetaminophen (APAP) is a non-aspirin
pain reliever and fever reducer. Antihistamines help relieve watery eyes, itchy
eyes/nose/throat, runny nose, and sneezing.
Cough-and-cold products have not been shown to be safe or
effective in children younger than 6 years. Therefore, do not use this product
to treat cold symptoms in children younger than 6 years unless specifically
directed by the doctor. Some products (such as long-acting tablets/capsules)
are not recommended for use in children younger than 12 years. Ask your doctor
or pharmacist for more details about using your product safely.
These products ...
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