The number one reason for the acute liver failure in America is a very known fever and cold relief ingredient. Acute liver failure is a one-way ticket to the great beyond, but the liver damage or stress is between those that don’t suffer from the acute liver failure is the source of much of our poor health and chronic disease.
Over-the-counter pharmaceuticals Tylenol, Excedrin, NyQuil, Theraflu, and prescription painkillers Vicoden and Percocet all contain acetaminophen. This ingredient has forced almost 80,000 ER (emergency room) visits, 26,000 hospitalizations, and around 500 deaths annually.
The concern for the liver damage has made an influence for some physicians that are going to change patients over to more addictive Oxycontin to avoid liver damage from long term use of prescribed painkillers that include acetaminophen in their ingredients.
Long-term acetaminophen consumption can be quite dangerous even if it is been prescribed for low doses. The more to this story is that at slightly higher-than-recommended dosages over time, acetaminophen can be made to be more deadly than one massive overdose.
Most of the overdose reports have been accidental, often by using more than one pharmaceutical containing acetaminophen at the same time. Some have been intentionally self-destructive, as in suicidal. But the fact remains: acetaminophen is a liver toxin. Those with liver conditions, such as hepatitis or fatty liver should avoid acetaminophen products completely.
As reported by a Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) study has determined that taking acetaminophen products even as directed causes liver damage. With all the toxins in our environment that our livers and kidneys need to handle, we don’t need to damage either.
Recently, it has been discovered that if you mix the alcohol with acetaminophen pharmaceuticals the effects can be even more dangerous. This also includes taking Tylenol or Excedrin to remedy hangover headaches the day after drinking too much. Not only is this a whammy on the liver, it can also induce kidney disease.