Men's Health, Toxins

What You Don't Know about Tylenol – and How It Could Kill You


29098649_sAccording to a report done by Time magazine, the frequency that Acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol) is being used in the United States is troublesome, primarily because it is putting people in the hospital for liver damage, and worse, leading to their untimely deaths.

It’s estimated that as many as 100,000 people are poisoned by Acetaminophen every year, and as many as 150 people die from using it.

The big reason Acetaminophen use is such a problem is because people aren’t aware of how much they’re taking, since Acetaminophen appears in so many over-the-counter-drugs.

Time said: “Acetaminophen, which includes Tylenol and other generic brands, causes more than 80,000 emergency room visits each year because people often aren’t aware they’re taking too much.”

That’s not a good sign. Not at all.

Acetaminophen appears in more than 600 different household drugs, ranging from allergy medicine to sleep aids.

It’s in cold medicine, fever-reducers, headache medicines and the list goes on.

When too much Acetaminophen is absorbed by the body, it can result in liver failure along with a myriad of other health problems.

What most people don’t realize is that when they take a variety of medications, they’re likely ingesting far more Acetaminophen than their body can safely handle.

Just 25% more than the recommended dosage taken for a few short weeks can cause permanent liver damage.

According to Dr. Mercola, the risk for acute poisoning, or liver damage from Acetaminophen use can occur when:

  • You Take more than one regular strength (325 mg) acetaminophen when combined with a narcotic analgesic like codeine or hydrocodone
  • Take more than the prescribed dose of an acetaminophen-containing product in a 24-hour period
  • Take more than one acetaminophen-containing product at the same time. Make sure to read the list of ingredients on any other over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription drug you take in combination.
  • Drink alcohol while taking an acetaminophen product. Research suggests that acetaminophen also significantly increases your risk of kidney dysfunction if taken with alcohol—even if the amount of alcohol is small. Combining alcohol with acetaminophen was found to raise the risk of kidney damage by 123 percent, compared to taking either of them individually. Besides alcoholics, young adults are particularly at risk as they’re more likely to consume both.

But most people don’t think about these risk factors when they’re popping a Tylenol to get rid of a headache or back pain. Instead of using Acetaminophen, it’s better to use other treatments such as ice or heat to help soothe an irritated area. There are also numerous herbal remedies you can use, including:

  1. Ginger: This herb has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, it works best fresh, but can also be purchased in a pill form.
  2. Curcumin: The active component in Turmeric root, it has been shown to effectively prevent the overproduction of a protein that triggers swelling and pain.
  3. Boswellia: Also known as boswellin or “Indian frankincense,” this herb contains specific active anti-inflammatory ingredients.

The most important takeaway is that if you do take Acetaminophen, you need to know how much you’re taking at any time.

Be sure to check all OTC medications, and add up the total amount, and avoid taking too much at one time. (More than 2000 mg in 24 hours is way too much).

If you can, avoid the use of it altogether and switch to natural treatments. You’ll save your body a lot of trouble, and will probably feel better anyway.


Adam L


  1. meyati
    October 11, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    I’m allergic to it. I even loose my hearing. I refuse Oxy- Vicodin-etc. Do you know what the stupid doctors say when I have a bad injury- and I refuse Oxy- and walk off with nothing? That I’m s dope addict! I keep asking them what doper refuses Oxy?

    • helen sabin
      October 11, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      Stick to your guns and take ONLY what you feel good with.

      • meyati
        October 11, 2014 at 4:07 pm

        Helen, It’s not a matter of feeling good. They give me nothing. It’s a matter of keeping myself from getting sick while I have an injury. How can that be called-Take ONLY what I feel good with? I get nothing!! I get X-Rays. I get antibiotics and stitches, but I get nothing for pain. I’ve been attacked by loose dogs several times. I tripped while jogging and rammed my arm into my rotator cuff- it tok 2 hours for X-Rays and nobody did my shoulder. I kept going in and complaining something was still wrong. Several months later I was unloading bricks, and my arm popped out. I had less pain and regained full use of my arm without feeling like the bone was grating. Tylenol is what they wanted to give me instead of decent medical care. I feel like I’m in a third world country when it comes to medicine. Oh, about the shoulder- a few days later my doctor prescribed a pain killer with Tylenol in it. I asked him- I went to the pharmacy- they’ll cooperate with a doctor to prove to the patient that it’s all in the mind, etc. By the end of day 3, I was sicker than a dog. I paid to go in to my PCP and curse him out and I threw the bottle of pain killer at him. My problem is to get something that will work–There have been times that I would have paid a million for 10 mgs of codeine sulfate- 3 pills- Does 3 pills- low dosage sound like a dope addict.

        • mark goldstein
          October 11, 2014 at 4:52 pm

          I have stopped using Tylenol as I now have NAFLD (non alcoholic fatty liver disease) so now I use advil for my headaches, not quite as effective as Tylenol but easier on my liver. If there is ever a class action against the makers of Tylenol I would join it in a skinny minutes

          • meyati
            October 11, 2014 at 5:56 pm

            Doctor say, “Your liver is like that of a 20 year-old, even better. You don’t drink and you don’t use Tylenol” Then Tylenol is in every med for a child, in all of the OTC meds. Then the medical community is complaining about the increase in childhood liver disease? My son would join you in a lawsuit about Tylenol-and he’d add the VA to the list. At least his VA doesn’t use it anymore. I try to sleep, wash my hair, for a headache or a fever, I can’t do much about them. Luckily, I’ve almost never had any headaches.

            Then what really makes me mad is that the OTC meds for kids have the main ingredients for meth. I am not a fan of the FDA. I ask people- why are you giving your kids meth? My pharmacist stopped giving that stuff to her kids. She got thinking of the Tylenol and meth.

          • wendygoerl
            October 15, 2014 at 7:50 pm

            The meth formula’s changed with the pharmaceutical formulations. Current recipe favors pseudophenedrine HCL. (the antihistamine that’s “pseudo” OTC–you don’t need a prescription, but you do need to see the pharmacist).

          • meyati
            October 15, 2014 at 8:31 pm

            I’m allergic to that too- and it’s still in lots of meth, depends on the cook—Nazis developed it so the German WW II troops could be superhuman in endurance and fearlessness. I won’t give Nazi meth to kids either.

          • okieflash
            October 11, 2014 at 8:01 pm

            Look up what Advil can cause…….scared me. Can’t take asprin, so Tylenol is all for me….helps with the nerve pain in my feet, take 500 mg sometimes before bed…….

          • wendygoerl
            October 15, 2014 at 7:47 pm

            “Can” doesn’t mean “will.” And Acetaminophen is alone among the major OTC analgesics in that it doesn’t address inflammation.

          • skye
            October 24, 2014 at 12:31 pm

            consider rubbing Arnica gel on your feet for the pain and take Arnica pills for internal. One works on the outside going in and the pills work on the inside going out. Both are anti-inflammatory items. Cheaper through puritan pride

          • skye
            October 24, 2014 at 12:28 pm

            consider taking milk thistle for your liver issues

        • Louise Dunnells
          October 24, 2014 at 9:09 pm

          Meyati, There is a plain narcotic that contains no Tylenol. It’s called Tramadol. Hope this helps.

          • meyati
            October 25, 2014 at 3:22 pm

            As doctors say, “You can’t tell me how to practice medicine” I can’t force these jerks to prescribe anything for pain. To them, if it doesn’t have Tylenol, it doesn’t exist- they are brainwashed-and everyone suffers

    • sandlynx
      October 19, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      I’m also allergic to it; I have Celiac’s disease and this stuff uses gluten as a binding agent. It’s probably not listed on the label, and if it is it’s called “inert ingredient”. It’s not “inert” for Celiac’s. I’d tell anyone to stay away from all drugs, period. When I had eye surgery recently, the doctor asked if I wanted prescription tylenol (acetiminophen) for the pain. I said no and explained to him that I can’t because it’s binding agent is gluten and that would give me a Celiac’s reaction, which in my case is dermatitis herpeteformis, stomach pain, diarrhea, and a list more. And each time I am glutened, the symptoms are worse than the time before. My point is, folks. avoid all prescription drugs since doctors want to push this crap on you constantly. Note: I didn’t have any pain after the eye surgery! Why would I need a pain prescription? Recently, when I had a problem with my foot (inflammation, etc) that doctor also wanted to push two drugs for pain that also had gluten as a binder. You MUST know what the stuff is that is being suggested to you. It all has toxic side effects especially used long term.

      • meyati
        October 19, 2014 at 3:59 pm

        Thanks for pointing this out. I’m OK with gluten, but others aren’t I have IBS, so I can really understand what you’re saying about celiac and the reaction to gluten. I can’t handle sugar or grease—and I had a doctor tell me to stop eating things like donuts.
        For some reason her nurse hated me the first minute she saw me- and weighed me in as being 12 lbs more than my actual weight. The only thing I can think of is that I was a math teacher, and I gave her child a grade that her child deserved/earned. I taught high school, so I had about 90-115 students a semester.

        • skibee
          October 24, 2014 at 8:05 pm

          did u need a doc to tell u donuts were bad for u ?

          • meyati
            October 25, 2014 at 12:34 am

            Can’t you read English? I got severe diarrhea and cramps from eating a doughnut when I was a kid. Doctors would ask me- Do you know that sugar can cause this? I’d say-Yes- and french fries, waffles, pancakes, soda pops, beer, cake, cookies. Since you don’t seem to know anything about IBS- Possible food triggers for episodes: #1 Grease, #2 sugar, #3 raw veggies and fruit-canned fruit and veges are bad because of the sugar, #4 alcohol, #5 carbonation, #6 chocolate, so I’m missing a much needed food group, #7 spicy foods and onions-tacos, curry gumbo. #8 caffeine, #9 no citrus. I added 2 triggers of my own that gastroenterologists now counsel patients on for fine tuning-icy cold food-or stove-oven hot food. Then eating hot food and having iced water- what ever -just does not help a confused stomach at all. I can eat about a half of a cup of fresh chopped tomatoes on cottage cheese. Caffeine doesn’t seem to bother me, if my stomach is doing well and I don’t have stress. I can’t handle sugar, grease, daily veges- not fruit at all-not even bananas- No carbonation- but I can handle mild Mexican food–I live in NM, and our mild is hotter than what many people can eat. I can eat lots of Italian food-no deserts.
            By the way- I gave that stupid doctor the same lecture, in her face. I told her to go on the Internet or the GI clinic. By the way, I hope that you learn to spell in 2nd grade.
            I call it the ‘ No C Diet’, no chocolate, no cake, no cole slaw, no colas, no cerveza, no coffee, no cabbage, no candy, no chitterlings, no chili.
            Try it sometime—then make fun of someone.

          • skibee
            January 14, 2015 at 10:09 pm

            i hit a nerve..i was asking a ? -not making fun of anyone..
            like ur remark bout 2nd grade..
            i have my own way of staying thin, thank u

          • meyati
            January 15, 2015 at 12:32 am

            You started it by asking me if I needed a doctor to tell me that donuts are bad for me. That is certainly making fun of me. I’m the one that told and tell doctors that I cannot eat donuts. Then smart doctors knew that I do not eat donuts.
            I had a dumb one that could not figure out that donuts have sugar and grease.

            I do not understand why you are talking about your weight. Sandylynx and I have 2 separate health problems that make us sicker than a dog.
            Neither of us were telling anybody how to be thin. We were talking about how sick we get. If you want to make yourself sick to be thin, that’s your problem.

    October 19, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    You missed the bag if you didn’t have the one that was really was a one way trip called viaoxen…

  3. tarotcardman
    October 24, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    less is best aspirin works

  4. independent thinker
    October 24, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    I do not take Acetaminophen in any form unless it is in another medication I am taking which is a rare occurrence since I rarely have to take anything. When I need something for allergies I take something specifically for my symptoms not some combination do everything drug. I take Ibuprofen for any type of pain such as joint aches or headaches and since I retired I very rarely need even that.

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