What’s your drug of choice? Tylenol, or Aleve?
Our Calgary Family Doctor, Dr. J. says you should base your decision on what you are trying to combat.
If you are experiencing inflammation, Aleve, Naproxen, or Ibuprofen “generally work much better,” says Dr. J.
However, if it’s pain you’re experiencing Tylenol, or products with “acetaminophen, sometimes are the better choice.”
Bruce asks the doctor what medications contain acetaminophen.
“Acetaminophen is commonly combined with virtually everything in over-the-counter products,” says Dr. J.
We’ve known the risks of acetaminophen forever, according to Dr. J, but it is still being seen as the safer option.
“As we talk about anti-inflammatories being potentially dangerous for the stomach and the kidney, people are moving more and more to acetaminophen because it’s safe ,” says Dr. J., this in spite of the fact that acetaminophen can damage your liver.
With the risks associated with acetaminophen, Health Canada wants to start relabeling any products that have Tylenol or acetaminophen in them.
“So typically this would be in small print, hidden away, but now they’re going to make it very, very obvious,” says Dr. J. “The whole point of this is that acetaminophen is probably a little more dangerous then we once thought.”