Please note: The information given on this page is not medical advice and should not be relied on in this way. Individuals wanting medical advice on this issue should consult a health professional.
Paracetamol is a pharmaceutical drug, which is use to treat a number of conditions including:
Paracetamol is usually swallowed and comes in different forms including:
Paracetamol may also be known by its brand or trade names. Some common examples include:
There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries some risk – even medications can produce unwanted side effects. It's important to be careful when taking any type of drug.
Paracetamol affects everyone differently, based on:
The most common side effects of paracetamol are:
If the dose is too high or the recommended daily dose is exceeded, an ambulance should be called straight away by dialling triple zero (000). Overdose symptoms, listed below, usually only occur 24 hours after taking the drug. An antidote can be administered if the ambulance is called soon after taking paracetamol.
Regular use of paracetamol may eventually cause the following effects. It's best to discuss the side effects of long term use with a medical practitioner.
Reducing the risks
1. Upfal J. (2006) The Australian Drug Guide (7th Ed.) Melbourne: Black Inc.
Last updated: 31 May 2016