Tylenol found not effective for back pain, arthritis
Acetaminophen--marketed under brand names Tylenol, Panadol and Mapap--is not a very effective way to manage lower back pain or arthritis, according to a new study published in The BMJ.
Researchers performed 13 randomized controlled trials designed to determine the safety and efficacy of acetaminophen in dealing with lower back and neck pain, as well as osteoarthritis. After reviewing the studies, they found that when compared to a placebo, acetaminophen is largely ineffective for low back pain and offers only “minimal short-term benefit” for osteoarthritis of the hips or knees.
The scientists said current guidelines recommending acetaminophen as the first analgesic option for back and arthritis pain need to be updated. Instead, they suggested, more emphasis should be placed on physical treatments, including exercise.