Ohio State University researchers have found that your popular pain relief drug -- acetaminophen can destroy positive emotions.
This side effect was unknown until recently. The study involved subjects that were given acetaminophen were seen to show less emotion when exposed to disturbing as well as pleasant photographs.
Other subjects that were given only placebos showed more emotion when subjected to the same photographs.
The major ingredient in Tylenol is acetaminophen. This very popular pain reliever is in virtually every home in America. The drug has been used for over 70 years but this side effect is only now been uncovered and documented.
What is even more astonishing is the fact that acetaminophen is a major ingredient in more than 600 prescription medications and this is according to the Consumer Healthcare Products Association.
The study carried out suggested that acetaminophen has a way of making individuals less compassionate and showing little empathy. It also alters their emotional and evaluative processing.
Several studies have been carried out on acetaminophen to know it’s psychological effects on people and how the chemical seems to turn ordinarily nice and emotional people into cold emotionless zombies.
It is also worthy to note that the use of prescription drugs to relieve pain such as aspirin and ibuprofen gave been known to increase your risk of protracted heart disease and failure.
Two components namely coxibs and tNSAIDs are known to increase ones risk of contracting upper gastrointestinal complications and cardiovascular disease.
The long-term use of ibuprofen and other painkillers is very dangerous to the health of your heart.
This is really frightening considering that these painkillers are just over the counter drugs that millions of people swallow every day to relieve themselves of a headache or back pain and not knowing that they may just be doing their health more harm than good.
With these revelations brought to the fore it has now become a herculean task to first of all synthesise people of the dangers posed by these drugs though the side effects written on their labels do not suggest anything remotely close to emotional distortion.
Also suggesting alternative remedies for the treatment of headaches and pains, preferably remedies of a more natural orientation.
The fight to get people more aware of the health risks may have to be jointly done by both the government and private sector and that includes the pharmaceutical companies that produce these drugs.