Study: Popular pain relievers can make you less empathetic


COLUMBUS (KRON) — Tylenol might do more than just numb the pain, or get rid of a headache, according to a new study.

Researchers at the Ohio State University said it can also make people less sympathetic. They attribute the lack of empathy to the main ingredient–acetaminophen.

“These findings suggest other people’s pain doesn’t seem as big of a deal to you when you’ve taken acetaminophen,” said Dominik Mischkowski, who is co-author of the study and a former Ph.D. student at Ohio State, now at the National Institutes of Health.

Acetaminophen is used in more than 600 medications in the United States.

Researchers would like to do a larger study to get a better understanding the effect.

Here is a full link to the study: provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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