Acetaminophen Linked to Lower Empathy Levels

Taking a popular painkiller may be linked to decreased ability to empathize with others’ suffering, a new studysuggests.

The people in the study who took acetaminophen (sold as Tylenol and various generic labels) showed lower levels of empathy toward other people who talked about feeling physical and emotional pain than those who took a placebo, the researchers found.

 

By Agata Blaszczak-Boxe,