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People Who Take Paracetamol (Acetaminophen) Warned Even ‘Really Low’ Doses Can Damage Heart


Even really low doses of paracetamol (acetaminophen) could damage your heart, scientists have discovered.

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These days, it seems fewer people than ever are under the illusion that pharmaceutical drugs are safe. With barely a day going by now without news that one drug or another has been found to cause unexpected side-effects and raise the risk of patients actually developing diseases rather than being cured from them, it is hardly surprising that interest in natural therapies has increased exponentially in recent years.

Notably therefore, a scientific review from 2014 looked at the risks of taking paracetamol (acetaminophen) on a long-term basis and found that its dangers are seemingly being underestimated even by clinicians. Published online in the BMJ Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, researchers from the UK examined eight studies assessing the association between chronic use of the painkiller and major adverse events.

Contrary to the general impression given by the pharma industry and its stakeholders that paracetamol is a safe “cure-all” drug, the researchers discovered that long term use raises the risk of heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, renal failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, and an early death.

To learn more about the dangers of paracetamol, see this article on our website.