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A new study has come out, reporting that participants taking nearly the maximum allowed dose of acetaminophen did not experience an improvement in their back pain, including sleep disturbances due to the discomfort. In fact, the group taking acetaminophen did marginally worse than the group taking the placebo. So what now? They’re not advocating patients […]

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Sometimes natural pain relief isn’t enough—but what’s the safest pain reliever? You may have seen headlines about oxycontin, and how it’s caused a surge in addiction. But we’re talking about over-the-counter pain relievers. Aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen. What are the pros and cons of each? IbuProfen (Advil and Motrin): The pro is that this is […]

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You Can’t Cheat The Flu

January 27, 2014

Whether you take acetaminophen or another fever lowering drug (or a cough syrup, anticongestant, etc. that has that ingredient) it’s important to remember you aren’t curing yourself, you’re just treating the symptoms. And, in fact, you may be increasing the duration of your illness as well as spreading it to others. High fevers are dangerous, […]

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