Study: Tylenol could reduce your empathy for others
Taking Tylenol may be doing more than getting rid of your headache.
A new study from Ohio State University says people who take acetaminophen are less likely to empathize with others.
“If you are having an argument with your spouse and you just took acetaminophen, this research suggests you might be less understanding of what you did to hurt your spouse’s feelings.” said study author Baldwin Way, to Science Daily.
Acetaminophen is the main ingredient in Tylenol, along with 600 other medicines, according to the Consumer Healthcare Products Association.
About 23 percent of U.S. adults use a medication that contains acetaminophen weekly.
“Pain might actually decrease empathy as well. So, there are other factors that need to be taken into account,” said study co-author Dominik Mischkowski.