Acetaminophen Research Paper

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Acetaminophen is classified as an analgesic and an antipyretic. It is also one of the most commonly used medications to relieve pain in the United States. “Approximately one-third of the people in the United States report using an acetaminophen product at least once a month” (Aschenbrenner, 2006). The most common brand name for the over-the-counter medication is known as Tylenol, however, acetaminophen is also a major ingredient in many over-the-counter cold and flu medications, such as Robitussin.
Acetaminophen, also known as Paracetamol, that is much like aspirin. As mentioned before, acetaminophen is an analgesic, which means pain controlling, and antipyretic, meaning fever reducing. Acetaminophen was originally discovered in the 1800’s, however the discovery was largely ignored. In 1948, Bernard Brodie and Julius Axelrod linked the effect of acetanilide to its metabolite,
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When taking acetaminophen consumers need to be aware of the recommended dosage and not exceed the dosage for any reason. Although acetaminophen is safe to consume, it is a short-term fix to what could be a chronic health problem. Acetaminophen is safe, but I do not recommend using acetaminophen for extended periods of time. Non-drug alternatives can be just as effective if not more effective than using medications. The number one recommendation to help relieve and prevent pain is physical activity. Staying active is the number one way to help prevent symptoms such as arthritis pain, joint and muscle pain, menstrual periods, and, backaches. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend that regular exercise and physical activity can help reduce premenstrual syndrome (PMS), which includes symptoms such as cramps, headaches, and tender breasts that one would usually take an analgesic for. Acetaminophen has been proven to be safe, but prolonged use of any medication is not

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