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Study: Acetaminophen doesn't reduce lower-back pain

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A new study says taking medication like Tylenol or Panadol for back pain is as effective as taking a sugar pill.

Researchers split 1600 participants into three groups.

Each was given two unmarked boxes.

One group received two boxes of acetaminophen with instructions to use the second box as needed.

Another group got a box of acetaminophen and a second box of placebos.

They also got the instructions to use the second box as needed.

The third group received two boxes of placebos.

Researchers told participants to take six tablets per day from the first box and up to two tablets as needed from their second box.

Over the course of three months researchers found no difference among the three groups when it came to reduction of pain, recovery time, sleep or quality of life.

75 percent of the participants said they were happy with their results whether or not they received placebos.

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