Dr Oz Talks About Acetaminophen and How Too Much Can Cause Liver Damage
Did you know that over the counter pain medications that you may take on a routine basis carry potential serious health risks that everyone should be aware of? Dr. Oz invited Dr. Devi Nampiaparampil on to the show to talk about important information that is vital for you to know so you can keep your family safe. Also be sure to check out the followup segment and see why long term Ibuprofen use triples your risk of a stroke!
Dr. Oz said that more than 100 million Americans are in pain so he is very concerned about what these over the counter pain meds are doing to your body beyond relieving your pain.
Acetaminophen Can Cause Liver Damage
You have probably heard of Acetaminophen, but if not you almost surely have heard of tylenol. Acetaminophen is an ingredient that is in tylenol and other OTC pain relievers (like DayQuil, Midol, and Excedrin). Dr. Dr. Nampiaparampil said that the latest research has shown that just taking slightly too much acetaminophen on a daily basis can cause liver damage. This can be a deadly side effect that we should all be aware of. She said that the maximum dose per day is 3000 mg (6 Tylenol extra strength capsules).
Dr. Oz brought on a guest who takes Tylenol 7-10 times per week for migraines. She said the thought of potentially risks and dangerous side effects never crossed her mind.
Dr. Oz : Medicine Cabinet Tips
- Check for unexpected sources of Acetaminophen (DayQuil, NyQuil, Sudafed, etc…)
- The abbreviation for Acetaminophen that is often used on the labels is APAP.
Dr. Oz said that there are 600 medications that contain Acetaminophen. Some of the main ones that were listed were :
- Alkaseltzer Plus Liquid Gels, Anacin, Benadryl, Cepacol, Contac, Coricidin, Dayquil, Dimetapp, Dristan, Excedrin, Feverall, Formula 44, Liquiprin, Midol, NyQuil, Panadol,
Dr. Oz said that if you take 3 doses of an extra strength pain reliever throughout the day you are already at the limit as to what is considered safe. If you take any more or accidently ingest Acetaminiphen from unexpected sources (Remember, over 600 medications contain Acetaminophen!) you are putting yourself at risk for liver damage. Allergies meds, cold and flu, or any other medications that contains this ingredient that can have serious side effects.
Warnings and Signs Of Liver Damage :
- Yellowing of the skin, nails, and/or eyes
- Darker urine
- Itchy skin
Magnesium For Headaches
Dr. Oz said that there are healthy alternatives medications like Magnesium. He said that for some people 400 mg of magnesium is enough to cure a headache! It’s at least worth a try before resorting to over the counter pain medications if you have a headache. If it doesn’t work you can still take OTC meds.