For years, I’ve been telling my readers and my patients to avoid acetaminophen—especially the extra-strength variety—because of the potential for liver problems. I’ve also told them to avoid NSAIDs because of the potential for gastrointestinal bleeding, liver damage, and kidney dysfunction. Now there’s yet another reason to avoid these analgesics, as recent studies suggest that they can also make it difficult to maintain healthy blood pressure levels. So…
If you take painkillers regularly, please inform your doctor or holistic health practitioner. He or she may have some safer recommendations. You can also talk to your doctor about trying my recommendations for pain control, which include:
- White willow bark (180 mg twice a day); or
- Low-dose aspirin (325–650 mg a day as tolerated, but discontinue if you experience abdominal discomfort); or
- The nutritional supplement SAM-e (200–400 mg, once or twice a day as needed).