Acetaminophen may not be the best way to treat back pain, according to a new study.
Australian researchers had 1,600 adults take either acetaminophen or a placebo pill for about a month for their lower back pain.
They found the drug wasn’t any more effective than a dummy pill in relieving pain, nor did it help improve their sleep quality.
Acetaminophen is best known by the brand name tylenol.
Its maker, Mcneil Consumer Healthcare, says “The safety and efficacy profile of acetaminophen is supported by more than 150 studies.”
Other outside experts agree. They say while this study is a good one, it needs to be replicated before changing practice guidelines.