Why Everyone Needs to Calm Down About Tylenol and Empathy

A recent study linked acetaminophen to loss of empathy, but there’s no need to freak out.


Nesochi Okeke-Igbokwe, M.D., M.S., of New York University Hospitalist Group, had a similar reaction. “The bottom line is that further research is still needed on this topic before coming to any definitive conclusions,” she says.

It’s also important to note that the changes observed were minimal, so even if Tylenol does affect empathy, it probably wouldn’t be noticeable.