Acetaminophen, better known as Tylenol, has been shown to lead to hypertension in women in a study of 5,000 patients conducted by researchers at Harvard. The findings are a surprise for many doctors who had believed the drug was one of the safest painkillers on the market. Researchers found that women participating in the study who took extra-strength Tylenol routinely were about twice as likely to develop high blood pressure. The study detected a similar effect for several popular NSAIDs. The research team, led by Dr. John Phillip Forman, notes that acetaminophen remains among the safest over-the-counter painkillers on the market.
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