Acetaminophen Pills Addiction

Acetaminophen Addiction Trouble

Acetaminophen. It is in Tylenol. It is an over the counter medication.

Not such a need for concern, then, right? Wrong.

Acetaminophen addiction is more common than you would think. It is also a source that has been linked to some suicides. A person can damage his or her liver permanently by taking an excessive amount of acetaminophen. Taken with alcohol? Ouch, double trouble for the liver in those cases.

Homeless people, teenagers, working mothers. They can all find themselves overdosing on acetaminophen by taking excessive doses of Tylenol or Vicodin. Sometimes, acetaminophen is taken in order to commit suicide. Perhaps the person is scared to try something more violent like a self-inflicted gunshot or hanging. Perhaps he or she just wants to take so much acetaminophen that he falls asleep, never to wake up again. Suicide without pain.

The truth is, someone who takes acetaminophen for that reason is in a great deal of pain emotionally. Acetaminophen addiction can lead to health problems and yes, it can kill you, even if you did not intend for it to.

Teenagers can be at great risk for acetaminophen addiction. Boys take them to alleviate the pain from football practice because they don’t want the coach to think they “can’t handle it”. Girls take them for cramps. No problem in either case except when they are taking acetaminophen like it’s a bag of candy, not aware of the fact that they are causing damage to one of their most vital organs, their livers. Add to it the fact that they are regulars at the Friday night lake party after the game and drinking some beer and a few months down the road, their parents and doctors are puzzled by tests showing permanent liver damage.
Acetaminophen Pills Addiction

Acetaminophen Pills Addiction

Acetaminophen Pills Addiction

Acetaminophen addiction troubles can last a lifetime and unfortunately, can cost a life, too. Parents, you warn your teenagers about drugs and alcohol and unsafe sex, right? Pull that bottle of Tylenol out of the bathroom medicine cabinet and spend some time telling them about the dangers of acetaminophen addiction as well. If they feel the need to take it for cramps or pain, tell them to come to you and make you aware of what they are feeling. Just as a lot of parents let their kids know they can call them from a party if there is trouble or drinking without fear of grounding till they are 40, let them know there is nothing embarrassing about keeping you aware of their over the counter acetaminophen intake. Conversations such as this can save a teen’s liver and his life.

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9 thoughts on “Acetaminophen Addiction Trouble”

  1. Acetaminophen is not addictive. Yes, one can overdose on Tylenol, it is the most over dosed drug (FDA), but Tylenol is not addictive because it has no affect in the reward pathway of the brain, also known as nucleus accumbens. Dopamine, a motivation and pleasure chemical, is not released or affected by the administration of acetaminophen. Release of dopamine, serotonin, or norepinephin, other neurotransmitters, in high quantities is a necessary factor in the development of addiction. Considering acetaminophen does not affect any of these neurotransmitters, there is no biological way that Tylenol could be addictive.

  2. @rElizabeth

    Although everything you said is true and it may not be addictive like opiates or other notoriously addictive drugs it is however more of a routine addiction. Not a physical dependency. Example, come home from football practice with a headache take some Tylenol my legs hurt because I’ve worked all day. Take Tylenol I have a tooth ache Tylenol or becomes a first response in a case of need not necessarily even without reason it is simply an overused drug.

  3. my mother in law sometimes takes a bottle a week. We take it away because she lives in asissited living facility. she gets more when they take trips to walmart. I asked one of the doctors, why? He said that unlike ibuprofen for inflammation, Tylenol throws a blanket over the pain. also he said if you take it for many years it dulls feelings AND can cause mouth tremors sometimes looks like Parkinsons.I can always tell when she has bought more because she will say her stomach hurts and her jaw is shaking. I think its addictive . Its curious because you can not find information about this , why not?

  4. Tylenol/Acetaminophen is addictive and some people do feel withdrawals so severe you feel like death is upon you and the majority of the medical community is either in denial or clueless to this fact.

    Acetaminophen/Tylenol is a drug, thousands of people die every year from overdoses, over 100,000 livers are damaged every year, in fact the FDA just passed a law, July 2013 that requires “red caps” and better labels among other warnings and maximum daily limits.

    There are physical effects you feel when you take it and your mind/body remembers that. The first signs of withdrawal from Tylenol/acetaminophen are usually increased heart rates and headaches but this can quickly elevate to serious physical symptoms that feel like death is near, when I finally figured out what was causing me so much discomfort (from suddenly stopping Tylenol/acetaminophen) I started taking Tylenol again and my symptoms were 95% gone within a couple days, at that point I slowly reduced my daily dosage of this drug over time until I could go all day without feeling any physical/withdrawal symptoms. I tested this a few times during this period by stopping completely and the symptoms would return.

    Make no mistake, although this is not an opiate or other drug which stimulates dopamine/serotonin or other neurotransmitters, for some people, if you take this drug daily over a period of time your body will feel horrible if you stop suddenly, do the smart thing and “slowly” take less and less each day until you can stop completely without feeling any discomfort.

    You are not crazy, withdrawal from Tylenol/acetaminophen is real for some people. Our bodies are walking chemical factories and each of us is unique so it makes perfect sense that “some people” will experience withdrawal symptoms if they stop suddenly.

  5. I agree with CC, Elizabeth doesn’t know what she’s talking about. Acetaminophen is definitely addictive. I’ve been taking it for years for headaches, and I usually have one tablet of (250mg acetaminophen, 250mg aspirin, 65mg caffeine–you know which brand I’m talking about) in the morning with my tea. Don’t tell me it’s not addictive; some days I feel groggy, head and neck achy even though I don’t have a full blown headache. I’m quitting now, 4 days cold turkey and my neck and shoulders ache, and the strangest thing, my lower back, buttock and thigh muscles ache like you sometimes do when you’re coming down with a fever. Thankfully baby aspirin has dampened some of it and oddly enough, all headache symptoms are completely gone in 4 days cold turkey. (halleluiah) Just because acetaminophen (and other substances) “have no affect in the reward pathway of the brain” doesn’t mean they aren’t addictive. Elizabeth, kindly shut up.

  6. My wife just passed away. I now am a single father of three kids… Amazing by the way. My wife was strong but I did firsthand witness the addiction she faced. I never realized how bad Tylenol can be when abused but I’ll tell you, it is very hard and never think it could be your wife and mother of your children. If your spouse friend or just anyone who takes them and refuses to seek medical assistance take the time to explain and reassure the importance of proper medical attention. You never want to be in the shoes I found myself in. I found out she had liver failure due to Tylenol Toxicity according to hospital and when this happened she got real sick real quick and was the most difficult situation. More people than just themselves are at risk.

  7. I have been ill for many years due to acetaminophen. I have taken it for extended periods at overdose levels because I am constantly sick from another illness. The acetaminophen helps with my primary illness symptoms but it does not take long before I am even sicker from acetaminophen toxicity. I have only managed to stay from it for 3-4 days before very nasty withdrawal set in. I feel like I am going to die and I am very disoriented, confused and extremely ill. If I take some more acetaminophen the withdrawal symptoms end very quickly but I soon begin taking far too many again. It has been a horrible roller coaster ride and I’m quite sure I have serious liver problems. Acetaminophen is going to kill me and I am totally unable to stop.

    If only the doctors could figure out how to treat my original illness symptoms than I might have a chance of getting off acetaminophen. I have been fighting this overdose/withdrawal cycle for years now so don’t try to tell me that acetaminophen is not addictive. I am proof that it is.

  8. i was addicted to tylenol because of chronic migraines, and the withdrawl was pure hell. I was also addicted to excedrin, to the point that gave me ulcers. @DARCY I know your pain!!!

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