Tylenol, a household name in pain relief, contains acetaminophen, which is generally considered the safest pain reliever for people with heart disease. However, there are some causes for concern to consider when taking acetaminophen drugs such as Tylenol.
For people who suffer with back pain and heart disease, Tylenol may not be the most effective drug they can take for pain relief. According to The Lancet
, Australian researchers found in a trial that participants who took acetaminophen did not show better results than the placebo control group, although everyone has a different reaction to certain pain relievers, including Tylenol. NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, have shown better test results against back pain; however, they are not recommended for patients with heart disease.
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In 2014, the Food and Drug Administration
added a warning to labels on drugs containing acetaminophen that the drug could cause severe skin reactions such as reddening, blisters, and rash.
The most serious problem associated with acetaminophen for heart disease sufferers is potential liver damage. According to Harvard Medical School, the recommended limit for taking acetaminophen is “4,000 milligrams a day — about 12 regular-strength tablets.” Excessive doses of Tylenol in large doses could lead to liver damage, according to FDA test results of acetaminophen
While drinking alcohol, particularly red wine, in moderation has been shown to have some benefit for heart disease sufferers, mixing alcohol with acetaminophen has been linked to increased liver and kidney damage, according to Men’s Journal
Despite these drawbacks, Tylenol is still among the best pain relievers for heart disease patients, because it does not pose more immediate heart-related risks like NSAIDs present.
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