What are Paracetamol Tablets?
Paracetamol is a quick and easy painkiller that can help to relieve several different aches and pains. It is ideal for people looking to ease everyday ailments, including headaches, period pain and toothache.
What type of pain can Paracetamol be used for?
Paracetamol can be used to ease many types of pain and other symptoms. These include (but are not limited to):
- Period pain
- Sore throats
- Back ache
- Muscle pains
- Rheumatic aches and pains
How do I take Paracetamol tablets?
Paracetamol tablets need to be taken orally.
Adults and children over 16 – take 1-2 tablets every 4-6 hours when needed.
Children aged 10-15 – take 1 tablet every 4-6 hours when needed.
DO NOT TAKE MORE THAN 4 DOSES IN A 24 HOUR PERIOD.
When should I NOT take Paracetamol?
Paracetamol tablets should not be taken by children under the age of 10. Do not take this product if you are allergic to Paracetamol or have ever had an allergic reaction to it. Do not take this product if you are taking any other medication that contains Paracetamol.
If you suffer from any of the following conditions, please speak to your GP before taking Paracetamol:
- Liver problems
- Kidney problems
- Heart disease
- Alcohol dependency
- G6PD deficiency
- Mild arthritis and need painkillers every day
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, please contact your GP before taking Paracetamol.
Paracetamol may interact with other medication. For a full list of the interactions please check the patient information leaflet.
Are there any side effects when taking Paracetamol?
There can be some side effects when taking Paracetamol, however not everyone will get them. These can include:
- Skin rashes and itching
- Difficulty breathing
- Swollen face
- Unusual bruising or bleeding
- Throat and mouth ulcers
- Bleeding gums accompanied by tiredness and flu like symptoms
- Blood problems (eg anaemia)
- Pain in the lower back and/or groin
- Changes in urine
- Serious skin reactions (in very rare cases)
If you experience any of these side effects when taking Paracetamol, please stop using it straight away and contact your GP.
As with all medication, please read the patient information leaflet carefully before taking Paracetamol.
Store all medication out of the reach of children.