Wednesday, March 26, 2014

What Common OTC Pain Medicine is Responsible for 56,000 Emergency Visits and Many Deaths? Find Out

It angers me when doctors downplay the side effects and deaths associated with over the counter medications and issue scare tactics over herbs.  There are numerous OTC drugs that are dangerous. If these same drugs were herbs with adverse reactions, they would be banned in an instant. But drugs get preferential treatment by the AMA and the FDA. They are allowed to remain on the shelves because of greed, money, and power. Drug companies carry clout and power. They manipulate your lives with this greed.

Here is one OTC drug that most of you have either taken or are taking now-Acetaminophen. It is found in many popular pain killing OTC medications such as Tylenol.

Here are facts about Acetaminophen that you should be aware of below:


Acetaminophen is responsible for over 100,000 calls to Poison Control Centers in the US. 

Acetaminophen is the culprit in 56,000 emergency room visits, 2,600 hospitalizations, and over 458 deaths   due to acute liver failure.

Half of All the cases of liver failure in the US are due to Acetaminophen not alcohol abuse.

This drug is toxic to the liver even when taken correctly with label directions after several weeks.  This is when taken as prescribed, not as many patients take it...increasing the dosage because it is not working on their pain levels.  

This is a quote below taken from Dr Mercola's article here. I encourage you read the whole article to have this really sink in.

 "Taken over several days, as little as 25 percent above the maximum daily dose - or just two additional extra strength pills a day - has been reported to cause liver damage, according to the [Food and Drug Administration]. Taken all at once, a little less than four times the maximum daily dose can cause death...

If you are taking more than one drug that contains Acetaminophen, you are destroying your liver.  You need to look at the ingredients in your OTC and prescription drugs to see what of your medications contain Acetaminophen. Cold medications, Vicodin, and Percocet among others contain Acetaminophen.

Alcohol and Acetaminophen: A Prescription for Kidney Failure

Drink alcohol and Acetaminophen? This raises your risk for kidney failure 123 percent!   This is so even when the amount of alcohol is small.  


NEW Warning Finally from the FDA.....It is about time!


The FDA has issued a statement in January of this year finally urging health professionals to discontinue prescribing and dispensing prescription combination drug products containing more than 325 mg of acetaminophen per dose. This drug has been on the marketplace for years. Each year the stats on deaths and visits to the emergency room go higher, yet it took them over 10 years to admit that it is a dangerous drug that does cause liver and kidney failure.

Do Not Rely on your doctor or the FDA to protect you!


That is why I write blogs against drugs and how the drug companies and doctors downplay their side effects and deaths. You need to realize that the FDA does not protect you until the evidence is so overwhelming, they cannot hide the evidence any more. The FDA is in bed with the drug companies. Money and power lies right in the middle of the FDA and their policies.  You must protect yourself...not rely on your doctor or the FDA to protect you. Doctors make money from the drug companies for prescribing medicine.  They are awarded huge sums of perks and money to prescribe medicines. They rely on drug salesmen to advise them on the drugs. They have no time to research it themselves. There are no studies on the effects of combining all sorts of drugs....the side effects that occur.  The more drugs you take, the more possible side effects from combining them.



This is all for today. Please read Dr. Mercola's article on Acetaminophen here. I have highlighted points from his article in this blog.

Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin

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