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Message Subject Do you remember ibuprofen?
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Pretty sure you're supposed to take Aspirin. Tylenol makes you lose your empathy and ibuprofen wrecks your liver. Doesn't mean I don't pop an Advil when I need one.

But yes....they had people freaked about NSAIDS at the beginning of COVID.
 Quoting: TheEmptyChild

Actually, I think you have that just a little skewed: BOTH Tylenol [Acetaminophen] and Advil [Ibuprophen] can be detrimental to your Liver. It all depends upon the sensitivity of your body and -of course- how foolish you are in swallowing either analgesic. But you're spot-on regarding ASPIRIN!

Personally, I haven't taken Acetaminophen in decades and rarely ingest Ibuprophen... but then I rarely NEED to since at 71 I am blessed with truly remarkable health. Possibly because I DON'T head for the medicine cabinet or Doctor's office like a hypochondriac. In fact, I've never even had a personal Physician!

But when I do need a little relief, [again, pretty rare] I'm solidly OLD SCHOOL and reach for a 5-grain Aspirin... the TRIED & TRUE analgesic that's been around for almost 125 years! And it's still around because it WORKS.

I remember the TV commercials of the late 1950's when in addition to the cigarette wars [where flavor, filters and those mysterious special additives battled it out] we also had Aspirin wars, mainly between Bayer, Anacin and Bufferin.

Basically, Bayer was the old trusted standby, Extra-Strength Anacin was pushed for adults and the enteric-coated Bufferin for children or those with sensitive systems, and all three were prominent sponsors of game shows like TO TELL THE TRUTH, I'VE GOT A SECRET and WHAT'S MY LINE? Back then you could pick up a little tin box of Aspirin for about fifteen cents or little envelopes for a nickle that were sold everywhere stapled onto cardboard displays on countertops... and you can still find THEM around, too!

But this was back when all three were primarily used as an analgesic; later it was discovered that Aspirin was also useful in treating Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular disorders as well as many other conditions. Let's see Tylenol or Advil do THAT!

The downside to Aspirin is that it's a blood-thinner so caution needs to be used if you have clotting issues; it can also cause irritation to the stomach lining which was why Bufferin was invented in the first place- the tablet coating made it easier to absorb in the G.I. tract.

Here's a little analgesic history:

The analgesic properties of Aspirin are present naturally in many plants and their use dates back to 400 BC! How's THAT for a pedigree?

Aspirin itself was invented in 1897 by Felix Hoffman for the Bayer company of Germany and they were the first ones to use that generic term.

Anacin came along in 1916 and differed from the rest of the pack because it also contained Caffeine... something that promoted its use for those who also wanted a quick buzz. They're the ones who discovered that too much of a good thing could also louse up your stomach lining!

Bufferin was invented in 1944.

TRIVIA: Bayer aspirin was originally sold in powder form folded into little squares of paper [you can still find it this way in some parts of the world]. That's where the old saying "take a powder" originated!

Along with five other drug manufacturers, Bayer was once owned by I.G. Farben, a German conglomerate that at one time was the world's largest pharmaceutical manufacturer. But during WWII, I.G. Farben also manufactured Zyklon-B which was used in Nazi gas chambers and they even used concentration camp slave labor in their German factories. For this reason, after WWII the allies broke up I.G. Farben and separated the core companies back into individual entities.

Today Bayer is still an industry leader in human and veterinary pharmaceuticals.
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