First, I noticed my depression and anxiety has heightened a bit since getting sick. is it normal for colds/flus to aggravate things like this?
Sure. In many respects stress and its consequences, including anxiety and depression, are immune system disorders, and also negatively inpact the immune system. See, for example: Miller AH
, 2011 (see also
); Leonard BE
, 2010. Immune system boosting drugs such as the interferons used to treat cancers often trigger mood disorders, so much so that antidepressants
are now routinely given together with these drugs. In addition to their anti anxiety/depression effects, most antidepressants are also reasonably powerful anti inflammatory
drugs which may account in part for their effectiveness.
or something else I'm paranoid about......acetaminophen toxicity I'm not sure what the name brand for acetaminophen is in your country,
Acetaminophen is mostly use in North America. To the rest of the world it's paracetamol with the leading brand being Panadol.
but I have been taking the maximum daily dosage every day since I've gotten sick. I think I may have took an extra 1000mg one day. I looked up that within 12 hours you start to feel nauseous and start vomiting, and then you feel fine and then your liver starts to shut down. Do you think I'm okay in that department? I think I might be paranoid but I don't know. It really sucks and I have no idea how to get rid of the nausea other than ginger tea, which temporarily relieves it.
The suggested maximum daily dose is 4,000mg, typically taken as 2x500mg x 4 times a day. I doubt an extra one off 1,000mg will do harm. If you're concerned then you can take it with N-Acetyl Cystein (NAC) supplements. NAC is used in ERs to protect the liver in overdose cases. In some countries paracetamol and NAC are combined in the one tablet. I have no idea of what dose may be effective, but I take about 1,000mg of NAC daily to reduce fluid buildup in my lung and so far it hasn't done me any harm, unlike the med i was prescribed for this which had me gasping for breath. There is also some evidence that NAC may enhance the effectiveness of antidepressants for OCD.