Anxious About Life and Afraid of Death? Tylenol May Do the Trick, S...

Perhaps we're simpler than we thought, if acetaminophen can alleviate the fear of death.

University of British Columbia researchers have found a new potential use for the over-the-counter pain drug Tylenol. Typically known to relieve physical pain, the study suggests the drug may also reduce the psychological effects of fear and anxiety over the human condition, or existential dread.

"Pain exists in many forms, including the distress that people feel when exposed to thoughts of existential uncertainty and death," says lead author Daniel Randles, UBC Dept. of Psychology. "Our study suggests these anxieties may be processed as 'pain' by the brain -- but Tylenol seems to inhibit the signal telling the brain that something is wrong." [emphasis mine]

If Tylenol alleviates the fear of change, we could give give out free samples to climate change deniers when we implement green initiatives.

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Okay then.  I am going to stock-up on acetaminophen for my anxiety-issues, which DO NOT include denying climate change, but I am also going to pass it out to any dumbasses who deny climate change.  I'll just say "Take 2 and call a Scientist in the morning." ;)

Hmmm... I wonder if COX 3 isn't as useless as they are telling us.  Perhaps it has a hand here?  Would be interesting to find out!

LOL, Melinda.  I know the Tylenol manufacturers are delighted to hear this.

What about liver damage? I remember reading something about Tylenol and liver damage.
I have heard that too Steph several times about being careful how much acetaminophen you take, as it can cause liver damage.

Yes, I have liver damage from medication (haven't had any alcohol in many years but medication is just as bad.)  Because of other medications, I can only take Tylenol for pain but take it very sparingly.


Acetaminophen overdose "is the most common cause of drug-induced liver disease and acute liver failure worldwide."

My hairdresser's mother likely died this way. She was inclined to self medicate. One day she suddenly fell down. She was diagnosed with end stage liver failure and died within the week.

toxic dose of acetaminophen usually varies between 4 grams (g) in special populations (like alcoholics) and 6 g in the average person. The lethal dose is usually between 10 g and 15 g, however if a person is drinking alcohol at the same time, it will lower that figure significantly.

Each Extra Strength Tylenol pill is 500 milligrams.


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