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Tylenol not effective for low back pain or arthritis

New evidence against the use of tylenol.
Tylenol not effective for low back pain.

Tylenol Not Effective For Low Back Pain or Osteoarthritis

There has been more and more information coming out about Tylenol lately, and none of it is good.  Last year I mentioned the studies showing Tylenol use by expectant mothers increasing the odds of having a child with ADD/ADHD like behaviors.  Then there was the study showing an association between giving children Tylenol post vaccination and incidence of autism.  So until those issues are completely ruled out, it looks to be no good for children or expecting moms.

Well now new evidence is out that suggests that Tylenol is not effective for lower back pain or osteoarthritis (the most common type).  The results come from looking at 13 RCT (randomized controlled trial) studies.  These new findings may change the guidelines that currently recommend acetaminophen as the first analgesic option.   Tylenol is currently the most common OTC analgesic used worldwide, and is commonly prescribed initially in hospitals and clinics.

The authors of the study note that non-pharmacological pain relief methods should be the primary forms of treatment going forward. I could name one very effective approach. Chiropractic care not only addresses the symptoms, but also the root cause of the pain. There is some evidence chiropractic care can slow the progression of arthritis as well.

So these findings also bring up a new question.  What is Tylenol good for anyway?  You won’t find it in my medicine cabinet.

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