This popular pain-reliever no more effective than a sugar pill

by: Dr . Victor Marchione | General Health | Thursday, August 14, 2014 – 5:01 a.m.


pain, pain relief Have you ever taken paracetamol for pain and felt I did absolutely nothing for pain ?

Well, it may have been more to that thought. A new study published in The Lancet found that paracetamol (also commonly known as acetaminophen) was ineffective in providing pain relief for back pain. A popular product for a long time acetaminophen is Tylenol, which could be sitting in your medicine cabinet right now.

researchers who have examined 1,652 adults with acute back pain in Sydney, Australia found that paracetamol is administered three times a day for four weeks, or when necessary, was no more effective in relieving pain placebo The Guardian reported.

Tylenol could be just a sugar pill

Back pain is a common ailment and most of us experience it at some point. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that Americans spend at least $ 50 billion a year to try to treat or cure your back pain, so this is a real concern.

Are we throwing our money on over-the-counter medications that are ineffective?

Back pain is the second most common neurological problem in the United States after headaches. It is also the leading cause of work-related disability. Most back pain is resolved in a few days, thankfully, but the back pain that persists for more than three months is considered chronic.

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Dealing with acute back pain

Research it is of interest because acetaminophen is commonly taken for acute low back pain, if you buy more free or prescribed sale. However, as the researchers noted in the study itself, despite the fact that paracetamol is the first line analgesic (pain reliever) suggested for low back pain, “There is no high quality evidence supports this recommendation.”

The average age of participants was 45. Her back pain, although chronic, was not serious enough to require time work or other medication. Patients were randomized to one of three treatment groups and did not know whether patients were receiving acetaminophen or a placebo for pain relief.

On average, study participants need the same amount of time to recover from back pain if they were taking acetaminophen or a placebo The Guardian reported. Recovery time was 17 days for both groups who take acetaminophen, if administered as needed or three times a day. As for the placebo group, the recovery time for pain relief of back pain was 16 days.

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What can be done to back pain?

Paracetamol, besides not show a measurable difference in pain relief, also did not provide a benefit in terms of pain relief in the short term, disability or improving sleep or quality of life participants in the study. The study authors say their findings should make medical professionals believe that once more about his “almost universal support of paracetamol as a painkiller of choice for low back pain.”

However, as Dr. Michael Banna (not affiliated with the study), the advantage of paracetamol is the fact that it is considered very safe. “A movement towards the blanket prescribing other drugs first would likely result in problems related side effects and other risks,” Banna wrote.

If you want to try more natural ways to control low back pain, the NIH suggests that hot and cold compresses can help reduce inflammation. Moreover, it seems counterintuitive, but exercise can help relieve back pain by strengthening your back and abdominal muscles. And exercise can benefit your overall health in many ways!

If you find no pain relief from back pain within three days, it is important that you go and see your doctor.

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