OTC Painkillers more dangerous than previously thought
Advil & Tylenol Linked to High Blood Pressure
The September 1, 2005 issue of the American heart Association journal Hypertension reports that regular use of the Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil) have been linked to an increase in blood pressure.
While high doses of both drugs have long been associated with liver and kidney damage, this study found double the risk of high blood pressure in women who regularly took as little as one extra-strength Tylenol or its equivalent a day. The researchers say this study raises new concerns about the dangers of over-the-counter (OTC) painkillers.
The study was conducted at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. Painkiller use in 5123 women was tracked for three years through the use of detailed questionnaires. None of the women had high blood pressure when the study began.
Older women (51-77 years) who took 500 mg of acetaminophen every day had a 93 percent increased risk of developing hypertension compared to non-users. The younger group of women (34-53 years) had a 99 percent increased risk.
The researchers also went so far as to say that regular use of NSAIDS could be a contributing factor in the increase in hypertension in the US.
Lead researcher Dr. John Forman, of the Harvard Medical School said that if the study had lasted longer, they may have found that even lower doses of acetaminophen may be associated with high blood pressure. "We should avoid the belief that all OTC medications are safe, when, in fact, they are not."
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