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Paracetamol

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

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.

  • 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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