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 my child vomits after taking Paracetamol?

If your child vomits within30 minutes of taking a dose of Paracetamol tablets or syrup, give him/her the same dose again. However, if your child vomits after 30 minutes of taking a dose of tablets or syrup, you do not need to give him/her another dose. You can give your child the next scheduled dose on its defined time.

Q. When will my child feel better after taking Paracetamol?

Usually, your child will feel better after about half an hour of taking Paracetamol. Consult your doctor if the fever persists.

Q. How often can I give Paracetamol to my child?

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

Q. Can I give Paracetamol syrup to my child for a cold?

Paracetamol along with relieving fever also helps in controlling problems associated with cold such as headache and earache. It also helps relieve stuffy nose and cough but should only be used after doctor’s advice.

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 give my child Paracetamol and ibuprofen together?

Ibuprofen and Paracetamol are safe painkillers which can be given to children, though both should not be used together. If you have given your child Paracetamol and there is no improvement in pain and the child still feels feverish, try ibuprofen instead for the next scheduled dose.

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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