Study claims the common drug you take for back pain may not actually work

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When you hurt your back, what do you usually reach for to relieve that pain?

Many pain sufferers reach for acetaminophen, which is also known by the brand name Tylenol.

Australian researchers had 1,600 adults take either acetaminophen or a placebo pill for about a month to treat lower back pain.

They found the drugs weren’t any more effective than the dummy pill in relieving pain, nor did it help improve their sleep quality.

McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the maker of Tylenol, said, “The safety and efficacy profile of acetaminophen is supported by more than 150 studies.”

Other experts agree, saying that while this study is a good start, it needs to be replicated before changing practice guidelines.

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