Alcohol isn't the only beverage to avoid if you take painkillers
Doctors have warned for years not to drink alcohol when you take acetaminophen. The combination of alcohol and this painkiller can damage your liver. But researchers at the University of Washington say this isn't the only potentially lethal combination to watch out for. And nobody is warning you about it, except me.
In their recent study, the researchers found two other beverages that can cause a harmful interaction - coffee or soft drinks. They say the combination of acetaminophen and caffeine can be dangerous.
Acetaminophen, otherwise known as Tylenol or Anacin-3, is an ingredient in Percocet and Vicodin. You'll also find it in many cold and flu medications. When it breaks down, researchers found, acetaminophen produces a toxic byproduct. But that's not all! They also discovered that caffeine triples the amount of this toxin. This is the same toxin that causes liver problems when you mix the painkiller with alcohol. Other substances, including Phenobarbital and St John's wort, boost the levels of this same byproduct.
And if you suffer from migraines or menstrual pain, watch out! Some drug manufacturers deliberately combine acetaminophen with caffeine to treat these ailments. For instance, Excedrin is one that's loaded with caffeine. If you're taking any of these drugs, lower your caffeine consumption to a minimum. Don't drink more than one or two servings a day - especially if you're also drinking alcohol.
Bottom line: Take acetaminophen only when necessary. And take as little as possible. If you can't avoid this painkiller, try not to drink caffeine or alcohol. While studies have shown liver damage with high amounts of either caffeine or alcohol, some people are more sensitive than others to toxins.
What if you simply can't avoid caffeine or alcohol while taking acetaminophen?
We all know alcohol is contra-indicated to be taken with Tylenol.
Long-time alcohol users who take acetaminophen in therapeutic or modestly excessive doses are at risk for severe hepatic injury and possibly acute liver failure. Diagnosis may be difficult because presenting symptoms are vague. The authors review management of acetaminophen toxicity in both users and nonusers of alcohol and emphasize the need for greater awareness among healthcare providers and acetaminophen users of this preventable and treatable condition.
Adding caffeine to acetaminophen just increases the toxicity of the pain reliever, yet is done routinely. Our Livers are taxed to the max already by the free radical bombardment our bodies are faced with every day, the stresses of modern life and the constant Chemical stew we eat, breathe and drink in all day- every day are one of the main reasons we are subjected to a myriad of life-threatening diseases in epidemic proportions.
I simply don't take any acetaminophen, if it is at all possible. I allow my brain's endorphins to relieve my pain, Now this doesn't always work, sometimes I hurt really bad at night and cannot sleep, if a heatuing pad or hot shower don't work and the Nikken far infrared machine doesn't help enough I do take one regular strength tylenol. I think I've had one since January of this year.
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