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Paracetamol

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Antipyretic Panadol® Adult, Children

Paracetamol - What is it for

Paracetamol (also known as Acetaminophen) is used to relieve fever, headache, body-aches and pain in general.

Paracetamol - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Paracetamol cause?

Paracetamol is well tolerated with few reported side effects. Inform your healthcare professional if you experience any side effects that you think might be related to Paracetamol.

Patients who overdose on Paracetamol may have an increased risk of liver problems. Signs of liver problems include:

  • Nausea, sudden weight loss, loss of appetite
  • Yellowing of eyes and skin
  • Unexplained bruising or bleeding

Paracetamol may also cause allergic reactions. The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

If you experience any of these rare symptoms, you should stop taking Paracetamol and see your healthcare professional immediately. 

Before taking Paracetamol, what precautions must I follow?

Inform your healthcare professional if:

  • You are allergic to Paracetamol or any of the other ingredients of this medication
  • You have liver disease or regularly drink large quantities of alcohol
  • You have kidney disease
  • You are taking any other medications, including supplements, traditional medications and herbal remedies.

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Paracetamol?

​Check with your healthcare professional before taking Paracetamol if you are taking Warfarin or other similar medications to prevent blood clots.

Paracetamol - Dosage and How to Use

How should Paracetamol be used?

As there are different strengths and dosage forms for Paracetamol, please make sure to take it as recommended on the label. Do not take two products containing paracetamol at the same time.

Do check with your healthcare professional if you are unsure of how to take the medicine.

Do not exceed the Paracetamol dosage recommended on the label as taking too much Paracetamol may cause serious liver problem.

Paracetamol can be taken with or without food

What should I do if I miss a dose?

Paracetamol may be taken when needed to relieve fever or pain, it is not always necessary to take it regularly. Please check with your healthcare professional if you are unsure.

What should I do if I overdose?

Paracetamol - Handling

How should I handle Paracetamol safely?

Paracetamol - Storage

How should I store Paracetamol?

Keep away from children;#Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight;#

How should I dispose of Paracetamol safely?

Pack Paracetamol into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing into the rubbish chute or bin.

Paracetamol - Additional Information

If you experience the following symptoms, your condition may be too serious for self-treatment and you should consult a doctor:
  • Ongoing fever even after 3 days of treatment
  • Ongoing headache that lasts for more than 2 days
  • No improvement in pain after 7 days of treatment
  • Any of the above symptoms worsen after treatment
  • Tags: Paracetamol
  • Updated on Saturday, February 29, 2020
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup

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