If you suffer from chronic arthritis pain, you’ve probably tried a variety of remedies to find some relief. You might have even turned to a drug that promises pain relief, despite the fact that it has no anti-inflammatory effect.
I’m talking about acetaminophen — best known as Tylenol® .
And what you don’t know about this drug could most certainly hurt you…
Low on relief, high on danger
A large study that appeared in the prestigious UK journal The Lancet should have put an end to acetaminophen use for arthritis when it was published three years ago.
Researchers at Switzerland’s University of Bern analyzed the results of 74 trials conducted between 1980 and 2015. The studies compared acetaminophen to placebo and various types of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in more than 58,000 arthritis patients.
Results showed that acetaminophen worked only slightly better than placebo. And that’s just not good enough for the millions who regularly suffer from aches and pains.
One pain specialist told HealthDay News that the results were “not surprising.” She explained the obvious: “Osteoarthritis is caused by inflammation of the joints, and acetaminophen is not meant for inflammation.”
End of story? Not quite.
In just about any pharmacy in America, you’re sure to find two products in the pain reliever aisle: Tylenol® 8 HR Arthritis Pain and Tylenol® Extra Strength.
The difference between the two is the dosage. And that’s a very big deal because in recent years, the FDA has been torn between letting acetaminophen makers do as they please and curbing the maximum dose.
The Extra Strength dose of the drug is 500 mg per caplet, not to exceed 6 caplets per day, which comes to a total of 3,000 mg.
The Arthritis Pain dose is a whopping 650 mg per caplet, also not to exceed 6 caplets per day, adding up to a total of 3,900 mg.
That’s a mere 100 mg short of the dose the FDA has designated as the safe upper limit.
Now, you’ve likely heard about the dangers of excess acetaminophen dosage. This level is quite easy to reach, especially if you take the Arthritis Pain product. Add an over-the-counter cold or sinus medication that contains acetaminophen, and you can easily climb above the 4,000 mg limit that puts your liver at risk of failure.
And that risk soars when alcohol or coffee is involved.
Which is exactly how more than 78,000 people end up in emergency rooms every year. And sadly, many of them lose their lives.
What’s less obvious is the toll the drugs take when they’re used over longer periods…
Longer use, higher risk
In Dr. Marc Micozzi’s Arthritis Relief and Reversal Protocol, he puts a spotlight on the dangers of acetaminophen use, but goes beyond the standard warnings. Instead, he warns of the severe health hazards when this drug is used frequently over long periods — the very pattern of usage typical in arthritis patients.
Dr. Micozzi cites a British study that found long-term acetaminophen use increases the following risks:
- Gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding
- Heart attack
- High blood pressure
- Kidney disease
Researchers also found that the death rate during the study among people who took Tylenol® was a whopping 90 percent higher than the death rate among those who didn’t take the drug. And those who took the highest doses had a 70 percent higher risk of nonfatal heart toxicity.
Dr. Micozzi notes that the so-called “experts” have advised us to use acetaminophen to avoid risk of GI bleeding with aspirin. But people who took the highest doses of acetaminophen had a 50 percent greater risk of suffering internal bleeding and other GI complications.
And Dr. Micozzi adds: “At the highest doses, it more than DOUBLED the risk of kidney damage!”
Never say never — except with acetaminophen
Dr. Micozzi has almost certainly read the report in The Lancet that I mentioned above, because he also says this: “To add insult to those injuries, research shows that Tylenol® doesn’t even WORK for joint pain. Or back pain. Or neck pain. Or shoulder pain. In fact, one study showed that taking Tylenol delayed healing from back pain by a full day.
“Here’s my advice: Never take Tylenol® for anything. Ever. Period.”
So with acetaminophen’s grave dangers and NSAID’s increased risk of heart attacks and GI bleeding, where can we turn for relief?
The fact is, there are many nutrients, supplements, and herbal remedies that reduce chronic inflammation and even promote joint healing. You can learn about these safe, natural approaches in Dr. Micozzi’s Arthritis Relief and Reversal Protocol. Click here to explore this unique protocol, or to enroll today.
Acetaminophen Won’t Help Arthritis Pain, Study Finds
March 17, 2016