painkiller

  1. The death risk hidden in your home

    Even small ODs of Tylenol can be deadly

    You and just about everyone you know have probably taken acetaminophen hundreds of times without thinking twice.

    But next time you think about reaching for that pill bottle, think again -- because tiny overdoses of this drug can actually be DEADLIER than the massive ODs taken during suicide attempts!

    The nightmares begin with just a little too much of the painkiller -- like when you have a headache "this big" that causes you to pop just one extra pill.

    The next day, it's another headache... and a little more Tylenol or Excedrin.

    All the while, the acetaminophen is building up in your liver -- and just a few days of this can cause organ damage .

    That alone is enough to kill you, but the damage doesn't end there: "Staggered overdoses," as they're called, can also harm your kidneys and even damage your brain.

    And by the time you get to the hospital, it'll be much too late: New numbers show that almost 40 percent of patients hospitalized after a "staggered overdose" die -- versus 27.8 percent of those who take one big overdose, usually in a suicide attempt.

    In other words, people NOT trying to kill themselves on acetaminophen are much more likely to die than people who really do want to end it all!

    If that's not frightening enough, consider this: Acetaminophen is in practically everything -- from OTC painkillers like Tylenol to common cold and flu meds, not to mention prescription narcotics such as Vicodin and Percocet.

    That makes it frighteningly easy to OD on acetaminophen and never know it -- not until you wake up in the hospital, and that's assuming you ever wake up at all.

    If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times -- but I'll keep saying it until I'm blue in the face: There's no such thing as a "safe" painkiller, no matter how common it is.

    Use these meds sparingly -- or better yet, don't use them at all.

  2. The 'wonder' drug that can rob you of your eyesight

    Can we PLEASE put the daily aspirin nonsense out of its misery once and for all?

    There's literally a truckload of research on what that one-a-day painkiller will do to people, especially seniors -- and none of it's good.

    Here's the latest: Seniors who take a daily aspirin have DOUBLE the risk of losing their vision, possibly permanently and completely, to the "wet" form of late-stage macular degeneration.

    Some doctors and researchers say they're surprised by the link, but I'm not -- and not just because I'm not surprised by any risk attached to aspirin these days.

    Aspirin is a powerful blood thinner, and the wet form of macular degeneration is caused by leaking blood vessels in the eyes.

    See the connection here?

    The researchers say the aspirin doesn't seem to cause wet AMD -- only worsen it.

    But you try making that distinction to a senior going blind.

    There are much better ways to thin the blood and protect the heart. Fish oil can do both and even SAVE your eyes to boot: Repeated studies have found a daily omega-3 fatty acid supplement can actually slash your AMD risk -- both wet and dry -- by a third or more, while lowering your risk of a heart attack.

    Aspirin, on the other hand, can dramatically boost your odds of serious internal bleeding problems while doing little to nothing for your heart health. And along with vision loss, studies have linked daily aspirin use to hearing loss, tinnitus, sexual dysfunction and more.

    And this is supposed to be the "wonder" drug? The real wonder is why it's still around.

  3. Acetamin-o-mania

    Johnson & Johnson has been dragging its feet on Tylenol for years now -- and instead of cutting back on its dangerous main ingredient, acetaminophen, they've been pumping it into every product imaginable.
  4. Pop a painkiller, drop dead

    Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories used by millions for everything from arthritis to headaches to back pain. And now, researchers say they can double, triple, and even quadruple your odds of heart attack, stroke, and an early death.
  5. The real story behind "battered woman's syndrome"

    Ten full hours worth of the epidural medication, which is given via an automatic pump, was injected in just 1 hour - because the device was mis-programmed by her anesthesiologist!
  6. Hoosier baby's doctor?

    Ten full hours worth of the epidural medication, which is given via an automatic pump, was injected in just 1 hour - because the device was mis-programmed by her anesthesiologist!

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