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Before You Take Paracetamol Read This

If you are one of those who like taking painkiller, especially Paracetamol for any reason, then you need to know this.

Many parents have developed the habit of buying paracetamol/panadol or tylenol syrup and dish these out to their babies at the slightest whim. Others carry caplets of paracetamol in their bags and pop 2 tablets at the end of the day to ease the stress and strain of working through that day.


Please Stop Taking Paracetamol For These Reasons:

Paracetamol is thought to have a wide therapeutic window, meaning a person can take a lot of tablets without any major side effect. However, the drug is broken down in the body and the breakdown product can become very harmful.

What you may not know is that the body does not excrete all of it; instead some amounts are stored in the liver.

With time it becomes poison, damaging the liver. In some persons this can happen within 24hours. The drug is especially dangerous in children and infants, if it is abused. You cannot take more than 4 doses/day, which are 8 tablets of 500mg for adults. This is the absolute maximum and reserved for cases that truly require it. For children, the dosage is trickier as it is measured according to their weight.

Always talk to a doctor and do not self-medicate. We are here to help. Do not drink alcohol and take paracetamol. If you already have liver disease, ask a doctor first as your dose will need to be adjusted.

Paracetamol contains the same compound (acetaminophen) as Panadol, Panadol extra, Calpol, Tylenol and lots more. Many cough/anticold medicines also contain the drug. If you so not check your labels properly, you can double dose and put yourself at risk.


Credit: Dr. Kharis (B.Sc; MBBS; Nigeria) MPH (Johns Hopkins University, USA) Global Health & Humanitarian Assistance/Intl.


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