Bad back? Acetaminophen may not work; try exercise instead

July 23, 2014 10:30 PM

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Bad back? Acetaminophen may not work; try exercise instead

LONDON — Acetaminophen isn't any better at relieving back pain than a fake pill, despite almost universal recommendations to take the drug, according to the first big trial to test it.

Acetaminophen, sold as Tylenol and Paracetamol, among other names, is recommended in numerous guidelines for back pain, mainly because it has few side effects; past studies have shown it works for other types of pain. But there is no proof it is effective for lower back pain in particular.

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