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 ...
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.
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