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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tylenol the new Xanax?

The patient asked me, "Can I have something for anxiety."  I relayed this question to the nurse, who said, "She doesn't have anything prescribed except Tylenol, and that should help."  I thought this nurse was nuts, finding yet another fallacy mallady that Tylenol was good for.  Now, according to a new study, that nurse is proved right.

According to
Acetaminophen or Tylenol is an over-the-counter pain medicine used to relieve minor aches or fever. The new study has shown that Tylenol can also help reduce pain experienced after thinking about death or uncertainty of life.
"Pain extends beyond tissue damage and hurt feelings, and includes the distress and existential angst we feel when we're uncertain or have just experienced something surreal. Regardless of the kind of pain, taking Tylenol seems to inhibit the brain signal that says something is wrong," said Daniel Randles from the University of British Columbia.
Interesting, hey? 


migrainer said...

I'm surprised. At my workplace, they have the pt 'just try to rest', until they're tachypneic, and then they call for an Q4h neb of no'moanxietinex. And then ask the rapid response team to look at the tachycardic and tachypneic pt.

Rick Frea said...

Thanks for the new 'olin. I will add it to my list.