Acetaminophen is not physically addictive per say, but you can get rebound headaches from its use. If you use acetaminophen at larger doses for a period of time you can often get a severe headache called a rebound headache from the withdrawal of the acetaminophen. This headache can be severe enough to cause nausea and vomiting. It would be promply relieved by another dose of acetaminophen thus leading to a vicious cycle.
It's not addictive but I have had rebound headaches before after taking it for a few days. Just use it when needed only. If you can take ibuprofen alternate that with acetaminophen. But be careful don't do it for long. It's hard on your stomach. Hope this helps! smileyhappy.
Worried about addiction - no. Worried that they are trying to self-medicate for a problem and need to see a doctor - yes. Talk to your friend - make sure they know that even over-the-counter meds are strong and shouldn't be used long-term. Might be time for them to see a doctor. You are a good friend! - ElizaJane
- Acetaminophen Information for Consumers
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