As It Happens Acetaminophen No Better than Placebo for Lower Back Pain

As It Happens Acetaminophen No Better than Placebo for Lower Back Pain

Acetaminophen, a painkiller universally recommended to treat people with acute low back pain, does not speed recovery or reduce pain from the condition, according to the results of a large trial published in July. The study published in The Lancet medical journal found that the popular pain medicine was no better than placebo, or dummy, pills for hastening recovery from acute bouts of low back pain or easing pain levels, function, sleep or quality of life. Researchers said the findings challenge the universal endorsement of acetaminophen — also known as paracetamol — as the first choice painkiller for lower back pain.

  • 2014
  • 00:08:15
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 08/08/2014
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