Could acetaminophen (paracetamol) increase the risk of heart problems in diabetic older patients?

The effects of the acetaminophen on the risk of stroke and various other factors in the grownup adults were investigated by some researchers in France.

Acetaminophen which is commonly known as paracetamol is a highly used, over the ordinary retail purchase, a medicine which relieves pain. Generally, it is considered to highly safe for the usage. But, it is also one of the most frequently over-dosed drugs and the main reason behind the liver failure cause of drug induction.

The actions of paracetamol have been just initiated to be understood by the researchers.

To our surprise, for a very long developed drug, scientists are just initiating the effort to understand how the medicine actually works in the body and how it might lead to very unwanted side-effects. A few studies have suggested that the medicine might have an association with the climbed risk of kidney problems, blood cancers, asthma, bone fractures, as well as heart problems.

Older adults are more venerable to the risk of the medicine’s side effects because as you age, the body’s composition changes as well as the physiology. For this cause, some researchers in France took the plunge and started examining the safety of the medicine in grown-up adults, specifically looking for the association of the drug with stroke risk, heart attack or in severe cases mortality. Recently their findings were published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Acetaminophen is safe and very effective for the majority of older adults. The researchers concluded that medicine remains a perfect first choice for the purpose of getting relief from pain. However, there is a need to study further to evaluate the safety of drug usage in older patients who have diabetes.

The lead author of the study recommended that the patients should first check with their healthcare provider before intake of any new medicine.