Tylenol is a Bad Choice for Muscle Aches

This just in this morning…

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Over-the-counter pain relievers such as Tylenol and Advil will carry bolder warnings about the risk of liver damage or stomach bleeding, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday.

Products containing acetaminophen, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Tylenol, will carry a prominent package warning about the risk of severe liver damage if, for example, people took too much of the drug.

Painkillers known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDS, including Bayer AG’s aspirin products, Wyeth’s Advil and Johnson & Johnson’s Motrin, will carry bold warnings about the risk of stomach bleeding, the FDA said.

Lee’s opinion:  The more effective and safer of the two for muscle aches and pains, is ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin,etc.)  Here’s why. Tylenol (acetaminophen) addresses pain, but not inflammation. Acetaminophen can cause an acute reaction resulting in liver damage if normal dosages are even slightly exceeded.

Don’t take my word for it, Google it. You’ll find cases of accidental overdosing resulting in organ failure in unsuspecting users who mistakenly took one or more preparations containing acetaminophen and exceeded the limit.

Ibuprofen is a far better pain reliever, AND it also reduces inflammation in muscle tissue,  which gets to the root of your problem when you are sore the next day after a workout. Ibuprofen is not as likely to cause accidental overdosing either. Caveat: using ibuprofen or any other NSAID habitually can lead to bleeding of the stomach.  The message here is , “don’t over-do it.”

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Yours in Health,

Lee Labrada

Your Lean Body Coach™
Houston, Texas

One Response for Tylenol is a Bad Choice for Muscle Aches

  1. sandra


    August 20, 2009 10:53 am

    do you have or have you thought of doing a dvd of your book. i have a copy of the gym edition and as good as it is, i (and am sure these are many more out there), do better seeing exercises and other physical things (even if showing how to lay tile) actually being done. i as well as many of my friends feel the same. could you let me know if you will do such a thing, or at lease consider the idea? thanks in advance and for your efforts to make us all better and healthier. contined success.