Acute liver failure meant that your liver has stopped working properly. It can last from couple of days up to several weeks. Usually it can happen to people who have not previously experienced any issues with their liver.
Acute liver failure can lead to massive bleeding and increased brain pressure. Now it is discovered that the main factor that can cause this condition is acetaminophen. Yes, acetaminophen that is included in many drugs that we all use on a daily basis such as Tylenol, NuQuill, Theraflu, Excedrin etc. In fact it is acetaminophen in all cold medicines and painkillers.
The long-term consumption of this substance can have detrimental effects on our health, even if not used in large quantities. You can easily overdose with acetaminophen. That is because we can easily mix more than one drug that contains this substance. For instance we may use painkiller and cold medicine at the same time.
Study about the effects of Acetaminophen
There is a study conducted by American Medical Association that proves that acetaminophen can lead to serious liver damage. The study included 145 volunteers, divided in three groups.
The first group participants received combination of acetaminophen and opioids. The second one only received acetaminophen, and the participants of the third group received placebo.
The results from this study only after 2 weeks has shown that in the case of the participants which received acetaminophen the level of crucial liver enzyme has increased dramatically. That means that the intake of acetaminophen contribute to liver damage. Furthermore, it causes stress to the liver by depleting the body of glutathione. That result in an acute liver failure.
If you combine acetaminophen with alcohol it can lead to even more harmful consequences.
“Taken over several days, as little as 25% above the maximum daily dose — or just two additional extra strength pills a day – has been reported to cause liver damage.”– PBS News has reported.
The main concern that we want to point out is the fact that all of us use different drugs to stop the pain in the back, in the muscles or headache. Most of them contain acetaminophen.
That is why we strongly recommend to start using some natural alternatives in order to keep your liver unharmed by it.
In addition watch the video bellow to learn more about how this common drug destroys your liver