Is paracetamol actually necessary

Is paracetamol actually necessary for you to be taking?

In our home paracetamol is one of the most frequently used medicine but dose it safe for everyone!

A typical medication that can alleviate pain and lower a high temperature is paracetamol (fever).

It is frequently used to treat mild to moderate pain, such as headaches, toothaches, and sprains, as well as to lower fevers brought on by ailments like the flu and the common cold.

Since it’s generally safe to consume and has few side effects, paracetamol is frequently suggested as one of the initial therapies for pain.


Millions of packets of this painkiller are prescribed by doctors each year, and millions more are purchased over the counter. It is typically regarded as affordable, secure, and efficient. But should we exercise more caution before taking another pill?

According to Dr. John Dickson, who resigned from general practice in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, last year, paracetamol can potentially be a very dangerous medicine. It can harm the kidneys and liver, and it increases gastrointestinal bleeding just like NSAIDs do.


The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) even published warnings about the potential fatal skin disorders Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, and acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis that can result in the top layer of skin detaching when taken with paracetamol in 2013.


The maximum paracetamol intake for a 24-hour period is 4g, but as little as 5g might induce liver problems, and it’s simple to accidentally overdose by ingesting multiple products containing it at once. Professor Andrew Moore, a renowned expert on pain at Oxford University, says, “I have a headache, so I’ll take some paracetamol, and I’ve got a cold, so I’ll take a cold medicine like Lemsip.” “People don’t always read the fine print.”

To lessen the risk of unintentional overdosing, the FDA reduced the maximum amount of paracetamol (also known as acetaminophen in the US) in tablets or capsules to 325mg last year.


Because people have more power, illnesses like diabetes and asthma are really successfully self-managed, but we aren’t used to the idea of managing our own suffering. In actuality, people shouldn’t use paracetamol frequently. Instead, people should use them when they are in pain and before engaging in activities that typically cause discomfort, such taking a lengthy walk. They ought to think about additional pain-management techniques as well, like hot baths and stretching exercises.


Without a prescription, paracetamol should not be taken by anybody who has ever experienced an adverse reaction to paracetamol or any other medication, or who has liver or renal issues. Those who consume large amounts of alcohol should use caution when taking this analgesic.


People who use the blood thinner warfarin shouldn’t take paracetamol because it raises their risk of bleeding if taken frequently. People who take drugs to treat epilepsy and tuberculosis are also in danger (TB).


When taking paracetamol, one should wait to take it until their doctor gives them the all-clear if they develop a skin rash like itchy, red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin, feel stuffy in the chest or throat, have trouble breathing or speaking, or experience swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.


Other medications that don’t contain paracetamol can be taken safely with paracetamol. Check the label of any other medications you want to take to determine if they include paracetamol before taking them. Additionally, with a doctor’s prescription and herbal medications, it is safe to take it with them.


Avoid taking paracetamol and other painkillers if the pain is not severe and intolerable because sometimes it is normal and comes spontaneously.


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A review article by

Dr Bhavna Kalvala

(Clinical Research Director @ IEEARC Tech)




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