Study Reveals Tylenol Can Hinder Your Ability to Feel Empathy

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Tylenol, the over the counter pain relieving drug that is a staple in America’s medicine cabinets, has had a pretty rough month. In April a study found that acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, can actually impair brain function. Taking the recommended dose of the drug can make you more likely to miss errors and make mistakes.

Now a new study published on May 5th revealed that acetaminophen can also hinder your ability to feel empathy for others. One experiment involved giving 40 healthy college students the maximum recommended dose of the drug, and a placebo to another 40 students. Then they were read fictional scenarios of people being hurt or in mourning, and were asked to rate how much pain these characters were in. Another experiment was conducted with 114 students, which involved blasting them with loud sounds, and asking them to rate how painful it was for themselves, or would be for other people.

In both cases, the students who took acetaminophen rated the intensity of pain for other people as lower than the students who took the placebo. According to a statement released by the researchers “those who took acetaminophen showed a reduction in empathy. They weren’t as concerned about the rejected person’s hurt feelings…Empathy is important. If you are having an argument with your spouse and you just took acetaminophen, this research suggests you might be less understanding of what you did to hurt your spouse’s feelings.”

Even more alarming, is the fact that Tylenol isn’t the only drug to contain acetaminophen. It’s found in 600 different medicines, and is consumed by 23% of Americans on a regular basis. If the study turns out to have merit, it may explain a lot about how sick and shallow American culture is these days.

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  • 2016usaofzimbabwe

    and if you drink alcohol ,tears up your liver

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  • Mr Larry

    Questionable. If you have a headache or your in pain without a Tylenol, you’ll care more about how other people are feeling at that point? Doubt it.

    • americuh

      How selfish, but yes I can verify that is very true, when I am in extreme pain, I don’t really feel a lot of empathy for someone whining over a bruise or splinter. But, when we see someone that is worse off than ourselves, we do feel a great deal of empathy, and perhaps even a little ashamed we were so absorbed in our own self pity.

  • lilred

    I just smoke or eat thc or cbd oil when I’m in pain. And drink turmeric, black pepper, and warm milk. And take kava. Hot peppers are good for anti inflammation as well.
    They prescribe this Tylenol garbage to kids as well.

  • BW83

    …..I don’t honestly know where to even begin

    My favorite is where people given a pain killer rated the intensity of loud sounds as less painful…..no shit

  • You won’t need empathy after your liver is dead. No alcohol is required. Acetaminophen is a hepatotoxin.

  • kirkpatrick

    Pain killers are extremely toxic. Tylenol and Alcohol can be fatal. And Advil are even worse. They give me the night sweats, which are even worse than debilitating back pain. Aspirin is also bad. I like Valerian, fasting, hot baths, Yoga and Chiropractors, and to feel my own pain.

  • Noam Beefheart

    “Study Reveals Conservatives Should Avoid Tylenol”

  • KingKen

    I must be taking too much because I have absolute no empathy for the LGBTQs shoving their immorality down my throat.

  • gato felix

    That explains alot, politicians must have a shitload of it in there medicine cabinet!!

  • Bubba T

    This does not surprise me. Most of this shit was concocted by Germans in WW2 and still made by them evil bastards.

  • Katherine Aleczu

    Breaking news! Breathing oxygenates cells which speeds up cell death!

    No shit a pain killer would lower one’s empathy…but as others have stated, when I’m in severe pain, my empathy is largely gone anyways. So if anything, Tylenol actually increases my empathy dramatically relative to just being in pain.

    As for those that are saying it causes liver toxicity…a lot of things cause liver and kidney toxicity. That being said, you’re an adult, weigh the consequences and decide if you would rather be in pain or accept a little liver toxicity.

    Or if you have a better pain solution, go take that, but it’s seriously wrong to judge a drug that helps a lot of people who are not too concerned about their livers because they’re in debilitating pain.

    I’m one of those people. I’ve tried many natural cures for pain and nothing works. Tylenol barely puts a dent in it but it makes it so I can function at least.

    I apologize if I sound a little mean right now…I’ve only taken 1g of acetominophen today and my pain rages on…my empathy is indeed lowered but it’s not the drug’s fault.

  • Tatiana Covington

    Good, then once I’ve taken enough, I can run over the SJWs and BLMs and Sanders nutbugs and kick back and laugh like a maniac about it! And fart real loud!