Study: Acetaminophen Limits Positive Empathy For Others

A novel study by a faculty member from Ohio University disclosed that acetaminophen restricted positive empathy an individual has for others whilst taking it. The research is titled “A Social Analgesic? Acetaminophen (Paracetamol) Reduces Positive Empathy.” This study was carried out by Dominik Mischkowski, Visiting Assistant Professor, Ohio University.

In recent research, about 114 individuals participated. They were either offered an inert placebo or about 1000 Milligrams acetaminophen. The experiment was carried out double-blind; neither the participants nor the research coordinators were aware if they were being offered the placebo or acetaminophen. Following a period of one hour, all the participating individuals looked at about four scenarios that were describing two women and men witnessing a positive experience. Whilst looking at every scenario, participants disclosed how positive they experienced these scenarios were. They also highlighted how much pleasure themselves were witnessing when they were reading these scenarios. Additionally, they noted how much pleasure they thought those in the scenario were experiencing and how much empathy they had for people in the scenario.

On a similar note, recent research discovered that ibuprofen may be associated with an increased threat of critical bleeding following pediatric tonsillectomies when compared to acetaminophen. Investigators studied over 1000 participants. They discovered that they could not eliminate a higher rate of critical bleeding in kids receiving ibuprofen with the rate of critical bleeding in the ibuprofen group. It almost doubled in the acetaminophen group.

Investigators carried out a randomized, double-blind non-inferiority test across 4 diverse medic centers. Overall, about 1832 children were studied for eligibility and only 1091 were selected for the test. Of 1091, near about 681 did not meet eligibility criteria and about 410 declined to participate. The 741 kids that showed their participation were in age group 2–18. These participants underwent tonsillectomy with adenoidectomy or tonsillectomy alone. Investigators noted the severity and rate of bleeding were recorded with the help of a postoperative bleeding severity scale.

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