Pain in the lower back has been the leading cause of injury in the world. In addition to that, osteoarthritis of the knee or hip is one leading cause of such global disability. One highly recommended medication for the treatment of pain in the lower back as well as osteoarthritis by doctors worldwide is paracetamol. One very well-known medication in the country at these times is acetaminophen, specifically Tylenol.
New studies have been made which claims that painkillers, like acetaminophen and paracetamol, are not effective when it comes to reducing pain in the back as well as arthritis. As this new evidence has been released, this form of treatment recommendation should be reconsidered.
Back pain could not be treated by paracetamol, in accordance with the results revealed from over thirteen studies in this university. As compared with placebo, there is only minimal effect brought about by paracetamol to osteoarthritis. There are no benefits acquired from using painkillers when it comes to the improvement of quality of life of patients as well as in reducing the disability of patients. In that case, the beneficial aspects of painkillers just do not outweigh all the risks involved based on the conclusion made by the team.
Results have also revealed that paracetamol when used for osteoarthritis and pain in the lower back is linked to a much higher risk of toxicity in the liver for patients taking such medication. I think this is a serious matter. As compared with the individuals who were only using placebo pills, patients who take such medications were 4 time more abnormal results in their liver function tests.
Aside from toxicity in the liver, there has also been an increased risk of renal, gastrointestinal and cardiovascular diseases in adults linked with the use of paracetamol.
However, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the maker of Tylenol, didn’t agree with the result of the study as they had 150 studies on their hands to show otherwise. Right before the recommendations of the study must be accepted, there should be careful review conducted first according to many experts.
A lot of doctors today have become very worried that no initial treatment of drugs have been available for those who are suffering from pain in the lower back as well as osteoarthritis. In that case, so many patients would likely be reliant on addictive substances such as narcotic to relieve their pain when these drugs would be removed in the market.