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New Study shows Tylenol has no effect against back pain

New Australian study shows that acetaminophen otherwise known as Tylenol does not help treat lower back pain.

Wednesday, July 23/14 researchers found the drug was no more effective than a dummy pill. This study involved more than 1,650 people averaging 45 years of age. All had suffered lower back pain and were treated at 235 different primary care facilities throughout Sydney. Each person was randomly assigned to take either three doses of acetaminophen daily (a total of 3,990 milligrams) for up to four weeks, or a placebo pill.

The researchers pointed out the maximum daily dose of the drug is 4,000 milligrams (mg).

All of the patients received follow-up “reassurance and advice” from a doctor for three months.

According to the study, there were no differences in the amount of time it took any of the patients involved in the study to feel better. The median time to recovery for those taking acetaminophen was 17 days, compared to 16 days for patients in the placebo group.

The drug also appeared to have no effect on the patients’ level of pain, compared to people who took the dummy pill, the researchers noted. Acetaminophen also did not improve patients’ level of disability, sleep quality or quality of life. About the same number of patients in each group experienced negative health issues, the study found.

To see entire article  please reference: http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/news/20140723/acetaminophen-may-not-help-against-back-pain-study-contends

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