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The Truth About Acetaminophen

Updated: Mar 20

Of course, acetaminophen is the number one suggested over-the-counter (OTC) medication. Acetaminophen, commonly known as Tylenol, is a medication used to alleviate mild to moderate pain from ailments such as headaches, muscle aches, menstrual cramps, colds, sore throats, toothaches, backaches, and fevers. This may seem great, but do you know at what cost the relief comes?

Many people fail to realize that although acetaminophen may be FDA-approved, that doesn't necessarily mean it's a safe option. Acetaminophen is a pain killer linked to an increased risk of health problems when used long-term or in larger doses. Although acetaminophen is technically safer than nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), there are still many risks associated with taking this specific over-the-counter medication (1).