Paracetamol

February 11, 2018

PARACETAMOL AKA ACETAMINOPHEN Paracetamol, also known as acetaminophen, is a medicine used to treat pain and reduce fever. Paracetamol itself is commonly used for mild to moderate pain relief but is also often used in conjunction with other types of medications such as cold and flu medications, or opioid pain medications for severe pain. It is used to treat many conditions such as headaches, toothaches, sprains, muscle aches, back pain, arthritis, period pain, colds, and fever. It was discovered in 1877 and is the most commonly used medication for both pain and fever in the United States and Europe. Paracetamol is considered one of the safest and mildest forms of pain medications. It is considered one of the safest for pregnant and breastfeeding women and doesn’t interact with many other medications that do not contain paracetamol. It is also the first choice of pain medication for people on the blood thinner, warfarin. It doesn’t interact with food, or low amounts of alcohol (less than 3 standard drinks in a day), and will not make you drowsy or affect cognitive function. However, studies show that an overdose of this medication can be fatal, and long-term use may cause severe kidney and liver problems. HOW IT WORKS: Unlike aspirin and other NSAID drugs, paracetamol does not appear to inhibit the function of any cyclooxygenase enzyme outs