Information about Paracetamol

Paracetamol Uses

Paracetamol is used for pain relief and fever. It is used to relieve pain in conditions like headache, muscle pain, or dental pain.

How Paracetamol works

Paracetamol is an analgesic (pain reliever) and anti-pyretic (fever reducer). It works by blocking the release of certain chemical messengers that cause pain and fever.

Common side effects of Paracetamol

No common side effects seen
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Expert advice for Paracetamol

  • Paracetamol should be taken with food or milk to prevent upset stomach.
  • Take it as per the dose and duration prescribed by your doctor. Long term use may lead to serious complications such as stomach bleeding and kidney problems.
  • Do not take indigestion remedies (antacids) within 2 hours of taking Paracetamol.
  • Avoid consuming alcohol while taking this medicine as it can increase your risk of stomach problems.
  • Inform your doctor if you have liver disease as your dose may need to be adjusted.
  • Your doctor may regularly monitor your kidney function, liver function and levels of blood components if you are taking this medicine for long-term treatment.

Frequently asked questions for Paracetamol


Q. How long does Paracetamol take to work?

Paracetamol takes around 30-45 min to start working and show its effects. It is advised to take this medicine for the duration suggested by the doctor. Consult your doctor if you experience any bothersome side effects.

Q. What if I vomit after taking Paracetamol?

If you vomit in less than 30 minutes after having a dose of Paracetamol tablets or syrup, take the same dose again. If you vomit more than 30 minutes after a dose of tablets or syrup, you do not need to take another dose, until the next normal dose.

Q. When will I feel better after taking Paracetamol?

Usually you will start feeling better after about half an hour of taking Paracetamol.

Q. How often can I take Paracetamol?

You should only take four doses of Paracetamol in 24 hours. There should be a gap of at least 4 hours between two doses. Do not take Paracetamol for more than 3 days without first talking to your doctor.

Q. Does Paracetamol make babies sleepy?

No, Paracetamol does not make babies sleepy. It is a pain relieving medicine which is used to control high fever.

Q. Is Paracetamol safe for children?

Paracetamol is considered safe for children only when used as directed by the doctor.

Q. Is Paracetamol an antibiotic?

No, Paracetamol is not an antibiotic. It works as a painkiller and as a medicine which brings down high fever.

Q. Can I take Paracetamol and ibuprofen together?

Ibuprofen and Paracetamol are safe medicines, but both should not be used together. Consult your doctor if you are not sure.

Q. What are the serious side effects of taking excess Paracetamol?

Overdose of Paracetamol may cause severe life-threatening liver injury as a serious side effect. Taking more than the prescribed dose may also cause kidney injury, decreased platelet count and even lead to coma. Early symptoms of an overdose include nausea, vomiting and general tiredness. Immediately consult a doctor or reach an emergency in case of a suspected overdose.


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