Before we start with this article, I would like to ask you a simple question – do you know what’s acute liver failure?! We can answer that question for you: acute liver failure is an uncommon condition in which rapid deterioration of liver function results in coagulopathy, usually with an international normalized ratio and alteration in the mental status (pressure in the brain) of a person. It can also cause excessive bleeding. And, the experts WARN that the most common cause for this health problem is an overdose of one common medication which might be in your home right now – Acetaminophen! Take a look at the article below and find out more about this.
Acetaminophen vs Acute Liver Failure?
According to the latest statistics, this medication has caused more than 2,600 hospitalizations, 56,000 visits to the emergency room, and around 460 death per year. That’s really SHOCKING, right? This ingredient is included in many over-the counter drugs, like Tylenol, NyQuil, Excedrin, and Theraflu.
Be careful, because even in low doses, taking acetaminophen for a longer period can harm your body and cause serious health problems. And, most of the acetaminophen overdoses have happened when people were using several acetaminophen drugs at a time, like taking a cold medicine and a painkiller at the same time.
I really think that you’ll be shocked when we tell you that this ingredient is toxic to the liver. A recent study, published in the Journal of American Medical Association, has revealed that even if you take acetaminophen (as prescribed), it can still damage your liver. There were 145 healthy participants separated in 3 groups. The participants from the first group were given acetaminophen/opioid combination; the second just acetaminophen and the participants from the last group received a placebo.
NOTE: The participants in this study received the recommended dose of acetaminophen. After 2 weeks, the results from this study showed that the levels of an important liver enzyme in the participants from the two groups who received acetaminophen was significantly increased – from 31 to 44%. This showed that this medication was damaging their liver.
How this works – well, this ingredient depletes the body of the antioxidant glutathione. The liver is “stressed”, which usually leads to acute liver failure.
The UGLY Truth!
We can easily say that acetaminophen is one of the most dangerous drugs on the market today. And, unfortunately, it’s present in most households. Annually, there are more than 100,000 calls to Poison Control Centers across the U.S. caused by acetaminophen. The experts warn, taking this medication with alcohol increases the danger, like taking Tylenol for a hangover, or a headache pill before drinking. This dangerous combination has proven to increase the chances of kidney damage by 123%. And, many drugs which include this dangerous ingredient are consumed by millions, because they’re made for different purposes, like treating headaches, joint and muscle pain, back pain, cold and flu, etc.