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Tylenol Associated With Asthma, COPD

Just because acetaminophen is considered an over-the-counter drug doesn't mean it's any less toxic for your health. According to an FDA panel some three years ago, 15,000 people are taken to the emergency room each year because of acetaminophen poisoning and more than 450 patients die from liver failure as a result of such exposure in this country.

A new study has found using acetaminophen regularly can be linked to higher incidences of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma. Based on an evaluation of data from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 1988-94, almost 7 percent of the patients had asthma, some 12 percent suffered from COPD and 2.8 percent were plagued with both.

Scientists found acetaminophen use was linked to asthma and COPD and its risk increased in relation to the dosage. Although lung function was also impaired by the daily use of acetaminophen, taking aspirin or ibuprofen wasn't associated with respiratory illness.

Just one more reason to avoid OTC drugs, in addition to the seven I listed in an article I posted last year. And, you have no reason to use any OTC anti-inflammatory for that matter, as there are far safer, healthier and cheaper alternatives. Some of these non-toxic solutions include:

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Vol 171, May 1, 2005: 966-971

Medical News Today May 3, 2005

Yahoo News May 3, 2005

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