(Health Secrets) The Journal of the American Medical Association recently published a study unveiling the toxic effect of Tylenol. They found that after healthy adults took the maximum recommended dose of Tylenol for only two weeks they had liver failure.
The 106 participants took the maximum dosage of 4 grams of Tylenol (eight extra-strength tablets)a day for only two weeks. The rest of the participants were given a placebo.
Nearly 40 percent of the participants taking Tylenol displayed abnormal liver test results that indicated liver damage, while those taking the placebo showed no damage.
The study’s co-author, Dr. Neil Kaplowitz of the University of Southern California said, “I would urge the public not to exceed 4 grams a day. This is a drug that has a rather narrow safety window.” Kaplowitz added that heavy drinkers should not exceed 2 grams a day.
Acetaminophen is the most common over the counter pain reliever and unfortunately its overuse is also the leading cause of acute liver failure.