A report by Green Med Info says that Tylenol may be deadly and experts should consider removing it from the market.

Popular Pain Reliver Has Health Risks

Johnson & Johnson’s popular over-the-counter drug, acetaminophen (APAP), marketed primarily for pain and fever relief, is not without risks.

Despite being widely perceived as safe, a growing body of biomedical and clinical literature has documented the dangers it poses.

It has been shown to be a “dose related toxin,” with so-called APAP toxicity responsible for 46% of all acute liver failure cases in the US and between 40-70% in Great Britain and Europe, exceeding the number of deaths related to acute liver failure resulting from all prescription drugs combined.

While the drug is a multi-billion dollar product, it is also “deadly,” with recognition of this fact beginning over 50 years ago when it became associated with suicide attempts, many of which were successful.


In 2016, McNeil, an over-the-counter arm of Johnson and Johnson, settled a class action lawsuit involving over 100 plaintiffs who claimed that Tylenol caused liver damage and death.

As a result of the lawsuit, it was revealed that the FDA and Johnson & Johnson delayed implementing suggestions to improve the safety of acetaminophen despite its well-known risks.

In addition to its liver-damaging effects, accumulating research shows that Tylenol use has serious neurological and psychiatric impacts.

It has been linked to contributing to autism spectrum disorder, risk-taking behavior, attention deficit disorder, and the blunting of emotional responses, including reducing human empathy.

The adverse neurobiological and psychiatric effects were produced by a single 1,000 mg dose, which is extremely concerning and likely indicates how extremely toxic this chemical class is.

Alternative Options to Tylenol

There are over 125 natural substances that have been studied to prevent or mitigate the adverse effects of Tylenol toxicity.

Natural, evidence-based alternatives to drugs like ibuprofen, another highly toxic drug, have also been studied.

Aspirin, which is no longer recommended for the primary prevention of heart attack, has been studied alongside a pine bark extract which appears superior in a number of ways.

The primary advocacy for health complaints is focused on the root-cause resolution of health problems. Dietary modification and lifestyle changes like more exercise and a positive mindset are typically more effective in improving one’s well-being, happiness, and overall health metrics than taking vitamins or magic bullets, regardless of whether they are “nutraceutical” or pharmaceutical.

Pain is a clear message from the body that something needs to change, and addressing the true causes of ailments is crucial.

You can read the original report by Green Med Info here, which also includes additional alternatives, and charts for reference.

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