Paracetamol is a pain reliever that has an analgesic and fever-reducing effect. The paracetamol ensures that the pain signal is not transmitted to the brain. Often the use of acetaminophen has been mentioned as the safest way to combat pain. This is because the pain reliever has few or no side effects. Paracetamol is available in various forms, without a prescription. You can choose paracetamol in tablet form and as an effervescent tablet, suppository, drink, melting pill or powder. The effectiveness differs perform and dose. For example, paracetamol in tablet form often starts to work within half an hour after ingestion. With suppositories, the effect is usually noticeable within an hour, and the pill lasts longer than when taking a tablet. Did you know paracetamol abroad is also called acetaminophen?
Pay attention! Painkillers can only hide the cause of the pain. Therefore, always check first if you can tackle the purpose of the pain.
Does acetaminophen help against the symptoms of the coronavirus?
The advice is to use paracetamol to suppress pain and fever. This is a better and safer choice than, for example, ibuprofen, because paracetamol has fewer side effects and helps against fever and pain.
Note that there are rumors that using NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, would make you more susceptible to coronavirus infection. However, there is insufficient scientific evidence that NSAIDs would worsen the course of the disease.
For the most up-to-date and reliable information about the coronavirus, we refer you to the authority website.
What do you use acetaminophen for?
You use acetaminophen to relieve pain. You can use it on different types of pain, such as:
- Headache or migraine
- Fever and flu
- Muscle aches or joint pain
- Menstrual pain
- Neck or shoulder pain
Use paracetamol only when you are in pain. Is the pain gone? Stop immediately, the pain relief. You can stop taking paracetamol at any time.
Are you unsure whether you can use paracetamol? Please contact your doctor or pharmacist.
How much acetaminophen can you take per day?
Always check the label for the correct dosage of your medication or read the package leaflet. In most cases, it is adhered to that you can take a tablet of 500 milligrams up to 6 times per 24 hours. Make sure there are at least 3 to 4 hours between these doses. Do not use more acetaminophen than indicated in the package leaflet. An overdose could seriously and permanently damage the liver. Are you familiar with liver problems? Then paracetamol in a lighter dose is often advised. If in doubt, always contact your doctor or pharmacist. Also, contact me if you have been taking pain relief for five or more days and do not notice any improvement. TIP: Paracetamol works fastest when on an empty stomach.
What are the side effects of acetaminophen?
Even though paracetamol is the most commonly used pain reliever, side effects can occur. For example, an excess of paracetamol can lead to a headache. Do you use a high dose for several weeks in a row? Then this can give a small chance of damage to the liver, kidneys, and/or your blood. You may also be hypersensitive to the active substances in paracetamol. If this is the case, you will notice it mainly from rashes and hives.
Can my child take acetaminophen?
Yes, paracetamol is suitable for children. Please note that the dosage is different than in adults. Below we have compiled the dosages per age group in a clear overview. Also, consult the package leaflet for the correct dosage.