Health - Wellness
A Side Effect Of Acetaminophen You Never Expected
Drugs are commonly interpreted as dangerous and illegal substances leading to risky behaviors. It turns out, though, that the legal, over-the-counter medication acetaminophen, widely sold as Tylenol, may make a person feel more comfortable doing something wild, according to a study conducted by Ohio State University.
Study co-author Baldwin Way said that acetaminophen reduces hurt feelings, distress over another's suffering, and even feelings of joy; this numbing of emotions is called a "flat affect." This analysis aligns with previous findings that taking analgesics — or pain killers — blunt positive and negative feelings, making people less concerned about the risks' consequences.
About one-quarter of Americans take painkillers weekly to relieve headaches, backaches, or cramps. Way said it's especially important to be aware of this "risk of risk aversion" before taking a painkiller and explained, "Perhaps someone with mild COVID-19 symptoms may not think it is as risky to leave their house and meet with people if they're taking acetaminophen."