Originally Posted by kappys
Question 7 (Vote)
Do you recommend eliminating the prescription acetaminophen combination products?
10 members voted for A – Yes, I recommend this change and consider it a high priority
10 members voted for B – Yes, I recommend this change
17 members voted for C – No, I do not recommend this change
As you can see #7 addressed the topic at hand - but there is still quite a bit of disagreement amongst the panel of experts.
Wow, great data. 20-17 is very close. But this was very serious, they weren't voting on turkey or roast beef for lunch, they were voting to completely ban Vicodin, Percocet, and the rest ... and the majority voted to take them off the market entirely. Doc, you spent lots of energy in here talking about your many Rx's for Percocet without any problems, good, I'm glad. But how can you so vehemently argue that position - as if it was dispositive on this issue - when such skepticism pervades the medical community? I'm sure there were anesthesiologists still using chlorophorm after it was superceded too, but that didn't mean it was better than ether, or whatever. I'm not questioning your medical judgment, just pointing out it's a bad argument.
The Lancet article wasn't just about aspirin for cancer prevention, as Doc tries to limit it, it literally RECOMMENDED long-term aspirin use, saying the threat of GI bleeding - which is exactly what you guys been talking about in here - was less important: "whatever the frequency of bleeding its seriousness does not match that of the diseases aspirin can prevent." Doc, your beef is that I recommended aspirin. So I'm to assume you have the same beef with the Lancet? They don't know what they're talking about, they're dangerous, right?
I know far less about medicine than you two, but I know how to read these results, reports and recommendations. And based on all this, my decision to avoid Tylenol altogether seems a reasonable one. Certainly not "the most dangerous post ever on this board," plainly an overstatement. It should be noted the distinction between combination drugs and plain acetaminophen is important, these actions concerned combination drugs only. But how do these dangers manifest in other circumstances? If I take two Aleve and four hours later two Tylenol, does that trigger the same danger? That is exactly the kind of question I don't ever want to think about.
My original posts included a reference to my own decision first, then a recommendation others avoid Tylenol, too. I didn't intend that as any more a recommendation than somebody in here saying, "buy a Volvo, they're safer." The thread title is an overstatement I suppose, the kind of quasi-dramatic statement I'm prone to ... but the vast majority of what I posted was cited and sourced, and my 'recommendation,' such that it is, certainly does not reduce the thread to "dangerous."