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Paracetamol is the more popular term for the medication called acetaminophen. Although a pain-reliever, Paracetamol is not classified as a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (or NSAID) for the anti-inflammatory capacities of the medication is not major. Paracetamol is more recommended because it does not promote negative effects (stomach bleeding, as an example) like the other NSAIDs such as aspirin or ibuprofen. It may not do a lot for reducing inflammation in the same way that other NSAIDs do, but it is very effective in lowering the pain that a patient feels. General conditions like headaches or fever see how Paracetamol works. In addition, it does not have side effects.

It comes in many and varied forms. These include chewable tablets, capsules, extended release capsules, intravenous and intramuscular forms, liquid, suppositories and tablets. Paracetamol is included in a lot of medications for allergy, cold and flu - for children and adults. It is also present in treatments for migraine. The following are some of the more known brand names for Paracetamol: Valorin, Tylenol, Tapanol, Snaplets, Phenaphen, Pediapirin, Panadol, Oraphen, Liquiprin, Genepap, Feverall, Datril, Banesin, Atasol, Anacin, Actimin and Aceta. Pain relievers like Percocet, Darvocet and Vicodin also has Paracetamol in them.

Pregnant women are also not discouraged from taking in Paracetamol, which is unusual. Fetuses have never been found to be affected in unpleasant ways by Paracetamol. Those who are nursing are safe from adverse side effects because though the Paracetamol can be absorbed into the breast milk of the mother, the babies don’t experience any sort of discomfort. Children, in fact, can drink Paracetamol. What’s good is that when taken in overdose, Paracetamol is not dangerous. Even the elderly (people above sixty-five) do not experience undesirable reactions from the drug.


There are some things that you must do, though, when you’re talking Paracetamol. The fact that Paracetamol is widely supported everywhere does not mean that you should be careless about this drug medication. Your doctor must know if you have other health problems (aside from the reason why you are being given Paracetamol) - especially if you have a history of a serious kidney disease, liver diseases like hepatitis, and if you were alcoholic.

If your livers or kidneys are not working properly, Paracetamol may not be processed properly and that may bring up a lot of side effects. Some Paracetamol brands contain aspartame - an ingredient that can mean a worsening of your situation and other more harmful side effects. If your liver is particularly problematic, you may have jaundice. Too much Paracetamol may also lead to increased sweating, nausea or vomiting, pain in the upper abdomen, diarrhea, stomach cramps and loss of appetite. 

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