Every week, a quarter of Americans take a painkiller that could be dampening our collective feelings of empathy. In a paper published online this week, scientists claim that acetaminophen, Tylenol’s main ingredient, makes people more likely to think that other people’s pain isn’t a big deal.
A 3.5-year, double-dummy, randomized, placebo-controlled trial, conducted across 235 primary care centers in Sydney Australia has found that paracetamol (trade name: Tylenol, aka acetaminophen), one of the most widely used analgesics in the world, is no more effective in the treatment of back pain than placebo.
Congratulations, you injured yourself doing something active. Such things are liable to happen when you leave the couch. But the choice between Advil, Tylenol, aspirin, and so many other pills can be daunting. Here's what you should reach for, and when.
In the last 10 years, 1,500 Americans died after taking too much of one of—nominally—the world's safest drugs: acetaminophen or, as you might know it, Tylenol. This viz goes a long way to explaining why that's the case.
We take acetaminophen to ease our physical aches and pains. But a new study from Canada suggests it could help to ease our anxieties about death, as well.
New research suggests that acetaminophen—the generic name for Tylenol—could help people overcome anxiety about existential fears of death.
These jolly, elfin skeletons come from a 1900 calendar put out by the Antikamnia Chemical Company, makers of the early pain reliever Antifebrin. The skeletons may seem a little disturbing, but there's nothing to worry about... except for the tiny detail that Antifebrin stops the flow of oxygen to the blood.