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...
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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