A lot of people reach for Tylenol tablets to relieve a headache or other minor pains. You might think you are safe using a drug that’s readily available at pharmacies or supermarkets. Acetaminophen can increase stroke risk in people with diabetes.
A recent study found that approximately 5% of those who took acetaminophen had strokes. This is compared to the 4% who did not take acetaminophen and still suffered strokes. People with diabetes had more strokes in the study.
Study author Philippe Gerard, a researcher at Gerontopole, Centre Hospitalo-Universitaire de Toulouse, said:
“My personal message is to people who are part of my daily practice that any drug they use may have a harmful side effect, even if they’re able to buy it over-the-counter.”
The study was conducted by researchers to examine the relationship between acetaminophen use and heart attacks in elderly French residents of nursing homes. The connection was not found.
The researchers concluded that acetaminophen was a safe pain relief for older adults. Diabetes patients should be cautious about taking any medication containing the drug.
The study concluded with
“Despite polypharmacy, old age, and polymorbidity acetaminophen was safe for the majority, but not all of our NH study populations. Pain management in NHs remains a priority. Acetaminophen is still a great therapeutic choice as a first-line pain reliever. Studies on diabetics older than 50 years old are still needed.
It is also important to note that Acetaminophen can be easily overdosed. Kidney damage is a common problem Acute liver failure.
It is always best to consult your healthcare provider before taking any new medication. Also, make sure that you are taking the right dose.
The online version of the study published the study on March 26. The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.