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    • CommentAuthoratavistian
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd 2009
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    From Medical News Today. Original article is coming out in the journal Psychological Science. Acetaminophen "reduced neural responses to social rejection in brain regions associated with the distress of social pain and the affective component of physical pain (the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex and anterior insula)." Apparently there's an overlap between physical pain sensation and the distress of social rejection. Drawbacks come in the form of tylenol being one of the most dangerous over-the-counter drugs out there, especially when taken with alcohol.

    Thought y'all might find it interesting.
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    that sucks...i dont take tylenol specifically BECAUSE i drink too much
    • CommentAuthoratavistian
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd 2009
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    Yeah man, it'll fuck up your liver nice and quick.
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      CommentAuthorExploder
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd 2009
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    Fortunately drinking also inhibits fears of social rejection. In fact, it sort of makes you WANT to get socially rejected, through actions that under normal circumstances would be considered highly offensive.
    • CommentAuthorthud
    • CommentTimeDec 25th 2009 edited
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    I stopped drinking more than 20 years ago, quit smoking then too.
    But reading the label on a box of acetaminophen gives me the creeps.
    You don't have to drink to ruin your liver if you take tylenol or any other pain-reliever containing acetaminophen, but from reading it will happen faster if you drink.
    I think I'm going to try to completely avoid these things.
    Salicylic acid (Aspirin) still the best!
    I have been researching types of willow bark to use in making medicinal tea.....
    • CommentAuthoratavistian
    • CommentTimeDec 25th 2009
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    Thud: you're quite right. The US FDA is rolling back a bunch of popular controlled-substance painkillers not because of the controlled substance but because of the acetaminophen content.
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeDec 28th 2009
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    Hmmm, like most things, there's good and bad sides. A quick look on Wikipedia gives some idea of what's what here. Aspirin is not without its drawbacks (gastric ulcers, bleeding and stuff) and paracetamol is not necessarily lethal in all cases - a mate of mine used to eat them like smarties when he had a migraine and is still alive as far as i know. Mind you, i smoke and i haven't died of lung cancer yet.

    I still find the best response to feelings of social rejection is to take a long, hard look at the society that's doing the rejecting. Works for me.
    • CommentAuthorthescruff
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2010
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    Interesting. I think both physical and social pain have a place- they teach us what works and what doesn't. If you can't learn to keep from sticking your hand in an open flame...
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    Sorry, brief tangent...
    I'm scheduled for minor (I guess minor is relative) surgery later in the week, and was rather surprised at how quickly I was prescribed literally fistfuls of narcotics. I didn't even ask - I was just handed a post-op prescription to fill - but now find myself with more Hydrocodone and Diazepam than is really necessary for an estimated week recovery time. (Not that I'm complaining, mind you...)
    Ironically, this was after a long diatribe by my Surgeon about how narcotics were bad bad bad, and that Advil was a Gift from the Gods, too. Funny. I'm an extremely moderate guy when it comes to the intake of anything these days, and staring at my medicine cabinet just make me kind of nervous.
    Because, well, any of the above substances alter my perception of social pain by just making me bat-shit crazy.
    • CommentAuthorsacredchao
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2010
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    I certainly believe it - I have mild anxiety attacks that cause me actual physical pain whenever I talk to people I don't know, so that overlap is not at all hard for me to picture.