Paracetamol, known for its brand names like Panadol H, Tylenol or others, is one of the most common and most common analgesics around the world. But several studies have begun to raise a question that may seem a little strange: Can paracetamol affect a person’s ability to empathize with others?
Those doubts about paracetamol began with a study published in 2010 in the journal Psychological Sceince, where the results indicated a possible link between paracetamol intake and reduced psychoactive feeling. These suspicions persisted with another study published in 2015 in the same journal, concluding that paracetamol reduces a person’s ability to deal with emotional events.
The current study was conducted by researchers from the University of Ohio, America, and concluded that paracetamol may be associated with a decline in a sense of sympathy for the positive experiences of others.
The study involved 114 people who were randomized in two groups. The first group received 1000 mg of paracetamol, while the second group received placebo. The experiment was double-blind, meaning that researchers and participants did not know which participants had received placebo or paracetamol.
After an hour or so of placebo, participants were asked to read short stories about positive and stimulating experiences, and researchers measured how sympathetic the participants were with the people in the stories. The results were similar to those of the researchers. Participants who took paracetamol were less sympathetic and were less happy to hear positive and stimulating stories than those who took placebo.
Although the study has not reached definitive conclusions, it adds additional evidence to the evidence available so far on the relationship of percetamol to emotions, emotions and feelings of others.
The researchers emphasize the need for further studies to confirm this effect, and to extrapolate the practical applications of these results in the future.
Source: Medical News Today