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by Suzy Cohen, RPh
popular. It is known
generically as “acet-
is one of the leading
pain relievers in the
entire world. It’s prob-
ably in every medicine
cabinet (including mine), right next to my
Most people know ibuprofen can hurt
the gut, whereas acetaminophen can hurt
the liver. Today, I want to focus on pro-
tecting you if you like to take acetamino-
phen. Many years ago, probably in 2001,
I warned you all to take a certain supple-
ment called “NAC” if you needed to take
acetaminophen routinely, in order to
protect your liver and restore glutathione
levels. I was right about NAC, and today,
14 years later, conventional physicians are
starting to recommend NAC, too.
NAC can help reduce toxic effects
of acetaminophen according to
research published in the journal Drug
Development Research, in August 2015.
This article provided an outright statement
that recommended drug companies to add
the amino acid, NAC, short for N-Acetyl
Cysteine to the drug acetaminophen, in
order to prevent toxic drug side effects.
But I told you this years ago in my col-
umn and in my free newsletter, which you
should get if you haven’t already – sign up
Acetaminophen is what I call a “drug
mugger” of the antioxidant glutathione,
which can’t be produced in the body with-
out a little help. It needs NAC in order to
be made. There are more than 600 medi-
cations on the market that contain acet-
aminophen which can provoke serious
adverse effects. In fact, acetaminophen
tops the worldwide list for drugs known to
cause acute liver failure, sometimes caused
by one single overdose, or by a therapeu-
tic miscalculation. By the time a correct
diagnosis is made, up to 90 percent of
the liver may be shut down.
The mere ritual of drinking wine with
dinner and then taking acetaminophen-
containing pain relievers will silently strain
your liver to the point of injury. You may
get diagnosed with “fatty” liver, or diabe-
tes or obesity.
The drug toxicity and risk associated
with acetaminophen caused researchers
to boldly advise that NAC be added to
all acetaminophen preparations. Their
goal is to have makers replace current
over-the counter acetaminophen products
with those that also contain NAC. The
rationale is to prevent accidental (and
intentional acetaminophen toxicity) that
occurs today and protect your liver with
every dose. Several million people use
acetaminophen without a second thought.
The only time NAC or similar prescription
forms are used is if you show up at the
emergency room with an overdose.
The wheels of medical progress and
change spin slowly.
So here’s my suggestion, and you can
obviously consult with your physician to
be 100 percent sure: Every time you take
acetaminophen, take an NAC supple-
ment with it. Consider at least 600 to
1,800 mg per day of NAC. Fill your diet
with sulfur rich foods and consider the
new glutathione boosting probiotic now
available called Reg’Activ. Other impor-
tant glutathione-supporting nutrients are
selenium, zinc, glycine, glutamine, R-lipoic
acid, PQQ, silymarin and B complex.
This information is not intended
to treat, cure or diagnose your condi-
tion. Suzy Cohen is the author of The
24-Hour Pharmacist and is a registered
pharmacist. To contact her, visit www.
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Keep Cool While Biking
gifts or vacation souvenirs. They are available at Billy’s Bike Shop or either Billy’s
Team Billy has a goal of raising $2,000 for Camp Boggy Creek, located near
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families can forget the word “no” for a little while and embrace the promise of “yes.”
Founded in 1996 by Paul Newman and General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, the camp
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Billy’s Bike Shop has participated in the annual event since 2012. The Camp
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