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Taking paracetamol for osteoarthritis. Withdrawal symptoms if dosage stopped?

Dear Doctor, Can you please tell me if I am likely to experience withdrawl symptoms if I stop taking paracetamol during a trip to U,S.A..Ihave been taking 6 to 8 500 mg tablets a day for about 4 years to releive the pain of osteo arthritis.This drug was substituted for coproxamel which was with drawn in the U.K.. I think paracetamol might be difficult to obtain in the U.S.A. and that it might be illegal to take it into the country with me.
Thankyou for your help and time . B.P.Sands.Dorset Uk.
Asked On : Sun, 7 Apr 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hello Barry, Paracetamol is one ofthe safest medications & you have been taking them in recommended dosage so it is unlikely that you would get any associated withdrawl symptoms ( as these often happen when one is addicted to medications & so far paracetamol has never been considered to have any addiction potential.
You may be able to take some tablets as long as they are on prescription from GP.
Alternatively you can ask for acetaminophen in USA which is also available as proprietary name -
Aceta; Aspirin-Free Pain Relief; Aspirin-Free Anacin Maximum Strength; Dapacin; Fem-Etts; Genapap; Genebs; Mapap Regular Strength; Maranox; MedaCap; MedaTab; Panadol; Tapanol Regular Strength; Tylenol Caplets; Tylenol Tablets 325 mg; Tylenol Regular Strength;
Hope that helps
Answered: Thu, 11 Apr 2013
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Cardiologist Dr. Anantharamakrishnan's  Response
Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

Tolerance, dependency, withdrawal symptoms - all have been reported with paracetamol...
You are taking near maximal doses and since long time - beware!
It is easily available in USA - over the counter / the generic name there is Acetaminophen / the household trade name is Tylenol; there are several others / it is there in different strengths - 350 mg, 500, 650 and so on...

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
Answered: Fri, 12 Apr 2013
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