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04/08/2007 08:07 AM ID: 61641 Permalink   

Common Pain Medication Causes More Liver Failure Than Hepatitis or Alcohol


New research published in The Medical Journal of Australia has found that paracetamol is now the top cause of liver failure in Australia ahead of alcohol and hepatitis. Parents have been warned only to give the drug for high fever or severe pain.

People who take certain medications, drink large amounts of alcohol or have kidney, heart or lung problems are particularly at risk of a toxic accumulation. "…Paracetamol poisoning should be suspected in any patient with acute liver failure."

"Clinicians should be cautious about prescribing regular doses of paracetamol for pain control in malnourished or fasting patients, and need to counsel patients who are regular users of the drug," the report said.

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Paracetamol = acetaminophen and is sold as Datril, Tylenol, Panadol, Phenaphen, Tempra, and Anacin III.
  by: ixuzus     04/08/2007 08:09 AM     
What common pain medications causes less deaths then alcohol, hepititis, acetominophen, and even aspirin? Yup, Marijuana!!!!

*Starts running from the off-topic police being fearlessly led by Goge*
  by: maverick7h     04/08/2007 08:19 AM     
  what kind of dosages?  
I wonder what kind of dosage these people were taking. From my understanding the max dosage is 4grams a day. Now I can see someone who is addicted to some analgesic like vicodin going over this amount pretty easy(considering most preparations contain 500+mg of tylenol) but I can't really see average folk taking that much for long enough to cause this kind of problem. I guess some people thing just because it's otc that you can eat it like candy. I think everyone should know the risks of any chemical they put in their bodies, I know I look up every drug I've ever been prescribed before actually ingesting it.
  by: berlamont1   04/08/2007 09:03 AM     
"...cases of patients suffering accidental poisoning after taking only the recommended dose of the painkiller..."

Read the source.
  by: ixuzus     04/08/2007 09:24 AM     
  But It's OK !!  
Because they can sell you other meds for alcoholism, hepatitis, kidney, heart, and lung problems!!



I fail to see how the following are legitimate factors used to gain a result in this study:

"....people who didn't eat enough, drank a lot of alcohol or took certain medications were vulnerable to toxic effects from paracetamol...."

-- Don't eat: suceptible to all facets of 3rd party interaction, there are no proteins for the breakdown of chemicles.
-- Drink too much: alcohol interacts with anything, usually in a negative manner.
-- Other meds: um ..... DUH !?!?!

My god why is it taking "research and studies" to output what USED to be common damn sense?

I swear, I can't put my finger on it yet, but at some point in my lifetime something happened in the world all at once, and human mental status began regressing exponentially.
  by: Discarded Vet   04/08/2007 11:23 AM     
  I think such researches are good  
you should see British doctors... they stuff patients with unnecessary pain killers and some people become hooked to them. I couldn't stop laughing when one of my friends cut her finger; she applied pressure and swallowed a panadol. I was confused at first but then she explained to me why she took it and that it reduced the pain... which left me more confused and made me laugh in front of her!

Another thing, i find the body relies a lot on pain killers. I had to have strong painkillers at a point and couldn't agree or object as i wasn't in a communicative state. When i could communicate i simply removed the drip and decided i don't want the pain killer. The doctor explained that my bones and everything will be painful and they need to reduce it gradually not suddenly. I was so sick of the whole situation i asked him to top the pain killers there and then. Well, it was good i didn't take anymore but i can tell you, my body felt as if someone grabbed me from the leg and smashed me against a wall. Furthermore, the original reason they gave me the painkillers for was hurting even more than when i first had it (yes, i fainted again, but this time they didn't use painkillers!).
  by: DarkAngelJG     04/08/2007 12:58 PM     
"I swear, I can't put my finger on it yet, but at some point in my lifetime something happened in the world all at once, and human mental status began regressing exponentially."

Was it the same time you decided you were smarter than everyone else?
  by: kuhl   04/08/2007 07:08 PM     
  When the little voices  
told me so.
  by: walter3ca   04/08/2007 08:00 PM     
  @ kuhl  
"....Was it the same time you decided you were smarter than everyone else?...."

That's just damn pitiful.
  by: Discarded Vet   04/08/2007 08:35 PM     
  I have discovered that aspirin....  
Is VERY BAD.It can damage your liver.
The safest painkiller is PANADOL.
  by: cavador   04/09/2007 01:40 PM     
has a small window of efficacy. Very easy to over dose and I've heard that it is a painful death.
  by: jendres     04/09/2007 02:09 PM     
Maybe, but Panadol stuffs up more Australian livers than anything else.

jendres, you heard right. Panadol is a very, very messed up way to go - and if it doesn't kill you it often leaves you with major health probs for life.
  by: ixuzus     04/09/2007 02:25 PM     
The paracetamol is only in opioid/opiate painkillers to stop you abusing it.
harm reduction.
  by: pornohippy   04/09/2007 07:12 PM     
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