How Do Drugs Work?

You’re here for a reason. No, I don’t mean in the existential, “Why are we all here?” sense. I mean, you’ve traveled all the way from Log-in to Google to Healthversed (that’s if you haven’t made us your homepage yet) to learn about your body and what goes in to it. Slow clap. Welcome, and thanks again for stopping by!

Today, we’re going to look at a handful of every-day, over the counter drugs and do our best to explain the “how” in the most entertaining and informative way possible. From Wikipedia:

“A drug is an substance other than food, that when inhaled, injected, smoked, consumer, absorbed via a patch on the skin or dissolved under the tongue causes a physiological change in the body.”

Time to channel my inner science guy.

Tylenol

Acetaminophen, or Tylenol, falls under the Non-Opioid Analgesic category, just like Aspirin, Advil, and Celebrex. I know, enough with the big words. So… how does it work? Sigh… we don’t really know. And no, I don’t mean Healthversed doesn’t know. I mean science… science doesn’t really know yet. You’ll find that’s the case with a surprising number of common drugs.

What we do know is that Tylenol prevents your body’s Prostaglandins from producing a natural enzyme that produces pain, fever and inflammation. We’re still working on the rest of it… but hey, as long as it works, right?

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