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For Back Pain, Acetaminophen Is No Better than Placebo

Low-back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide.  Guidelines for acute low-back pain universally recommend ‘paracetamol’ or acetaminophen (Tylenol) as the first-line medical pain reliever.  Although universally recommended, recently, the highest quality evidence (systematic review) noted no evidence to support the use of paracetamol for low-back pain.  To further explore this issue, a study just published in The Lancet investigated… Read More »

Is Acetaminophen Really Safe During Pregnancy?

Counter-intuitively, over-the-counter medication is commonly taken by pregnant women. In this context, acetaminophen (APAP, e.g. Paracetamol, Tylenol) is generally recommended by physicians to treat fever and pain during pregnancy. Thus, acetaminophen ranks at the top of the list of medications taken prenatally. Insights on an increased risk for pregnancy complications such as miscarriage, stillbirth, preterm birth or fetal malformations… Read More »