View Full Version : Common Pain Reliever Linked To Asthma Epidemic

05-22-12, 11:50 AM
Barbara Minton
May 7, 2012

When children are in pain it's only natural to want to make them feel better. For years we turned to aspirin, a remedy that has been used for five thousand years. But several decades ago negative press about aspirin surfaced just as Tylenol was being introduced, and mothers and doctors got on the bandwagon for this drug that promised to be a safer alternative. Today that promise is in serious question as acetaminophen is proving to be much worse than the aspirin it replaced.

A just published review of data noted that the association between acetaminophen use and asthma prevalence and severity in children and adults is well established. (1) A variety of observations have suggested that acetaminophen use has contributed to the recent epidemic of asthma in children.

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http://www.alignlife.com/articles/asthma/Common_Pain_Reliever_Linked_to_Asthma_Epidemic.htm l

05-22-12, 12:36 PM
I just came to post this, lol. This is an association I was not aware of! Reye's Syndrome and aspirin were linked in the mid-70s, about 20 years AFTER the introduction of Tylenol so I don't think there is any correlation between the 2. I have seen kids with Reye's and it's awful. I'm not advocating use of acetaminophen either. Parents and health care providers are way too quick to medicate even low grade fevers, teething pain etc with acetaminophen.

05-22-12, 03:23 PM
LabDoc alerted us to this on 11/29/10 with the article Paracetamol Linked to Asthma in Kids

And Julieanne posted on 12/22/11 Is Aceteminophen Causing Asthma?

Good work to you both!

05-22-12, 06:30 PM
@Reesacat...well guess my rememberer is broken :)