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Paracetamol can induce risky behaviour, alter perception: study

Sep 10, 2020 16:28 IST

One of the most commonly popped analgesics all over the world, paracetamol may be doing far more than taking care of a mere headache. A study by Ohio State University has found that painkillers like paracetamol, also sold under different brand names as Tylenol or Panadol, can make you more tolerant to risk-taking behaviours. In the 500+ people study, people who were given paracetamol rated activities such as walking home alone at night in an unsafe area, skydiving, bungee jumping and starting a new career in your 30s as less risky compared to participants who took the placebo. The findings are reported in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. An author from the study said that in essence paracetamol seems to make 'people feel less negative emotions when they consider risky activities sp they just don't feel as scared.'

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