Phenacetin for Sickness
Doctors used various medications in the late 1800s and early 1900s to help relieve pain. One of these was phenacetin. They mainly used phenacetin for fevers during that time. You won’t find it in production because researchers deemed it dangerous for your health. Doctors in the 1970s found that phenacetin contributed to kidney disease. So it was taken off the shelves and replaced with safer alternatives. While many of the drugs we take daily have side effects that can be considered dangerous, this one just didn’t make the cut.