Paracetamol s the common over-the-counter pain reliever and fever reducer. It is commonly used for the relief of headaches, minor aches and pains, and is a major ingredient in numerous cold and flu medication.
Paracetamol is used for reducing fever in people of all ages and is used for relief of pains associated with many parts of the body. It has properties comparable to that of aspirin, while its anti-inflammatory effects are weaker. It is better tolerated than aspirin in patients in whom excessive gastric acid secretion or prolongation of bleeding time may be a concern.
In combination with an analgesic drug, paracetamol is used to manage more severe pain such as post surgical pain and providing palliative care in advanced cancer patients.
Paracetamol can relieve pain in mild arthritis but has no effect on the underlying inflammation, redness, and swelling of the joint. It is as effective as the anti-inflammatory drug ibuprofen in relieving the pain of osteoarthritis of the knee. Paracetamol has relatively little anti-inflammatory activity.
What medication is Paracetamol found in?
In recent years, paracetamol drugs have increasingly become a common household drug.
Is Paracetamol safe?
Paracetamol is safe for use at recommended doses. Acute overdoses of paracetamol can cause potentially fatal liver damage and, in rare individuals, a normal dose can do the same; the risk is heightened by alcohol consumption.
It is recommended that paracetamol only be used to treat fever in children if their temperature is greater than 38.5°C.
Speak with your doctor or one of our trained pharmacist should you have any questions about taking paracetamol medication.