It's premature to recommend widespread use of over-the-counter pain relievers to get you through a break-up, DeWall said. Overuse of acetaminophen can cause liver failure and drinking alcohol while using the drug can raise the risk of overdose.
"We don't want our paper to be read as a widespread call to use acetaminophen to solve all your problems," DeWall said.
The American Academy of Family Physicians has more on emotional health.
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