Potential Dangers with Some Cold Remedies

Common OTC cold medications that include acetaminophen (Tylenol) may expose patients to dangerous phyenylephrine levels. These include medicines such as Tylenol Cold and Flu and DayQuil. When healthy volunteers took phenylephrine (10 mg) combined with acetaminophen (1000 mg) the blood concentration of phenylephrine was 2 times higher than when taking phenylephrine alone. Potential adverse effects include…

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Double Check, Don’t Double Up

You feel icky! You have the flu. So, you take some cough and flu medicine every few hours, following the directions on the label. Now, you feel a headache coming on and you consider taking a couple of acetaminophen. Stop! Taking too much acetaminophen can cause severe liver damage. More than 600 prescription and over-the-counter…

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Does Acetaminophen Cause Asthma?

Research on an international group of 13-14 years olds from 50 countries has examined the possibility that the use of acetaminophen may increase the risk of asthma in teens. Among some 360,000 participants it was found that use of this common analgesic at least once yearly increased the asthma risk by 43%, and if used…

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Cure High Blood Pressure with Diet and Exercise

I like really big population studies. The conclusions reached are valid and extremely accurate. Small studies with few participants are subject to many types of bias. The results of small studies are often debatable and not dependable.The second Nurses’ Health Study enrolled 83,882 adult women 27-44 years of age. At the beginning of the study…

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