According to a new study, the painkiller acetaminophen — best known as Tylenol — does not help treat a particular type of pain.
The researchers found the drug was no more effective than a dummy pill for more than 1,600 people suffering from acute lower back pain.
Besides showing no effect in easing discomfort, the study also found the drug was no help in improving sleep problems tied to back pain, nor did it improve patients’ overall quality of life.
The research team said the findings call into question the belief that acetaminophen should be the first choice when treating this common form of back pain.
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