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This common painkiller does nothing for arthritis

Good morning on this glorious Easter Sunday. I hope you’re getting a good day of rest with the ones you love.


I, on the other hand, couldn’t let today go by without alerting you to the dangers of something that’s probably hiding in your medicine cabinet…that you might reach for on a daily basis without thinking much about it.


It says “TYLENOL ARTHRITIS PAIN” right on the label, so of course you would think it might actually do something to, you know, ease arthritis pain.


But if you’ve bought those pills hoping for some relief, the joke’s on you – because the latest research finds the main ingredient in every form of Tylenol won’t do a thing for your arthritis-battered joints.


Talk about false advertising!


All forms of Tylenol contain acetaminophen – the arthritis formula just contains a higher dose that gets released more slowly.


In theory, that gives you a slow-but-steady stream of pain-fighting drug patrolling your body and easing your arthritis.


In reality, you may as well be swallowing an extended-release Jelly Belly!


The new study finds that acetaminophen is better than a placebo, but not by much when it comes to osteoarthritis pain in the hip or knee and overall joint function.


At least a Jelly Belly won’t shred your liver like acetaminophen can.


it works so poorly that folks end up popping a second and then maybe even a third pill, just to get some relief, without realizing the risks they’re facing.


Eventually, they’ve popped one pill too many – and that’s why overdoses of this drug are now the leading cause of acute liver failure in the nation.


The researchers conclude you’re better off taking the prescription NSAID drug diclofenac. They claim any dose of at all is better than acetaminophen.


But if you’re about to call your doc to ask for some, hold the phone – because a SECOND study published in European Heart Journal finds that common NSAIDs are far riskier than patients and doctors alike have been led to believe – especially if you have heart disease.


Remember Vioxx? That was part of a new class of NSAID called COX-2 inhibitors, and the drug turned out to be so risky that they pulled it from the market.


The new study finds older NSAIDs carry similar risks – especially the very diclofenac that got a thumbs-up in the other study.


That means one of the most popular NSAIDs on the planet could turn out to be a big no-no for anyone at risk of a heart problem. And if you’re of the age where you’re battling arthritis pain, odds are you’re also facing at least some heart risk.


So what can you do about it? Plenty! I’ll have more on that in an email later today – so keep an eye on your inbox.


If you’re living with pain… you won’t want to miss this one!

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