Asthma patients, if your doc is still telling you that acetaminophen is safe for your condition, it's time to switch docs and find one ready to join the rest of us here in the 21st century.
It's anything but safe -- and if you've followed his advice and popped a Tylenol for pain, you may have already felt that telltale tightening in the chest that warns you to get the inhaler ready.
It's not a coincidence... and it's not bad luck: Despite the advice dished out by doctors every day, acetaminophen has proven time and again that it may worsen asthma -- and in children, it may even CAUSE the disease.
Now, sick of all the docs who haven't gotten that message, one physician is laying out the evidence in black-and-white -- like the recent study that found kids who take the drug just once a month have TRIPLE the asthma risk.
Even kids who took the painkiller just once a year had a 60 percent higher rate of asthma -- and it's not just kids at risk here. Dr. John McBride writes in Pediatrics that other studies have found that adults who take this painkiller can quickly suffer the lung-robbing consequences.
On the other hand, Dr. McBride suggests ibuprofen as a potential replacement, despite the fact that it can also worsen asthma -- especially in the estimated 20 percent of patients who are sensitive to NSAIDs.
These aren't the only meds that can knock the wind out of your sails -- as I just told you, statins can dramatically worsen your symptoms, force you to use more meds and even cause you to lose sleep. (Read about it here.)
Beta blockers and ACE inhibitors can also leave you feeling as if you've just been kicked in the chest by a donkey -- along with any number of other meds, which is why it's especially important for asthmatics to work with a doc who won't be quick with the prescription pad.
My prescription: A naturopathic physician who can get you off the meds you don't need and even help you live without that inhaler.