Can You Get Addicted To Tylenol Pm?

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Dena May Profile
Dena May answered
Tylenol pm has benadryl in it which is not addictive. Now psychosomatic is another thing. As in your mind you feel addicted. Also my and my father took it for years and eventually it turned on us and we can no longer take it as it makes both of us fidgety restless awake and miserable. There is a non addictive prescription med out there called trazodone and it is very beneficial. It states it is an antidepressant however doctors have always prescribed it mostly as a sleep aid. You may look into that as benadryl constantly in your body every night is not good for you. Hope this helped.
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Dena May
Dena May commented
They actually use the trazodone in bipolar patients. Are you still on your bipolar meds? If you were taking seroquel that is what made you sleep. And if you quit taking your meds...why?
Ilovemysoldier Spc. Bewley
I quit taking them because of the sleeping and I don't like depending on something like this and this is why I'm trying to stop taking the tylenol! I feel like I need it to sleep!
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Sweety do your doc's know you have stopped your meds for bipolar? That is something you do not want to do. The reprocussions are worse than staying on your medicine. You have a mental disorder as i do also and it just doesn't go away. May never. May go away with intensive therapy. I have actually heard of this before with bipolar and the fact that it can be overcome with therapy however stopping the meds is not what they do until they make their medical decision that it is time and they also wean you down. Not cold turkey. Just worried bout ya and letting you know the facts behind this situation. Been there and done it.
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sandra engeman answered
Too much tylenol takes a toll on your liver. This is not good. With all drugs your body becomes used to it and then you have to increase the dosage to get the same results as before. Addictive? Not really. It is a chemical that is very bad for your system though. Please talk to your doctor and ask him/her if they can prescribe you something like ambien which is nonaddictive. And relatively inexpensive. If you go to ambien. Com you can get a 7 day free trial to see if this prescription will work for you.
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Ilovemysoldier Spc. Bewley
So that means I should stop taking them because is the chance of being pregnant?
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Anonymous commented
LOL, no I do not think that is what he is saying. But if you ARE pregnant, that makes an even better argument for quitting using them.
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I do not think you can get addicted to them, but it sounds like you may be getting dependant upon them.  With an addiction, there is a pleasure derived from the drug itself, this is because addictive drugs stimulate the release of endorphines in the brain which is how the brain feels pleasure.  Dependancy is different.  It may not give you any sort of buzz, or pleasure, or whatever therefore you are not addicted... But you are dependant upon them or you are not able to do normal functions... As I am with pain killers.  I will probably be addicted to them as well, eventually, but currently only suffer debilitating pain as a result of not having them, but do not go thru any other forms of anxiety or withdrawals when I run out.

You should try substituting something else to help you sleep, such as melatonin (which works well for me, usually).  You may end up dependant upon that too, but it is not as harmful to your liver as tylenol in large doses is.  I like melatonin because you simply get a pleasant sort of drowsiness, like after thankgiving dinner, and do not get that drugged out feeling that other sleep drugs cause.
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Ilovemysoldier Spc. Bewley
Thank you that was very helpful! I was taking meds. For my bi- polar but it would keep me awake and I think that is what my body got used to!
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If you should decide to try melatonin out, you can find them at most health food stores, and GNC's. Not sure if Wal-Mart carries them, but probably.
Ilovemysoldier Spc. Bewley
Thank you! You have been very helpful! And I hope I helped you out as well!
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Robyn Rothman answered
Humans can form an "addiction" to anything.  It can be either a physical or a psychological dependency.  It's definitely possible to become addicted to pain relievers and sleep aids.  You didn't say that you take the pills for pain, so I would be inclined to think you have formed a psychological dependency on them, and too much of anything, even an "OTC" drug can prove harmful.  You need to find another routine at bedtime.
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Good point about psychological addiction... I was merely looking at it from the physical angle. I do not think one can get physically addicted to Tylenol, but can be physically dependent. However you are right, mentally, one can become addicted to anything.
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Hanna Whilson answered

All medications have side effects, but not all of them are addictive. My advice is to check the descriptions and find side effects, contraindications, and doses out. I use the Online pharmacy site for this purpose. Hope it helps!

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