Paracetamol helps to relieve pain and fever.
Take Paracetamol as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor. Never take more than 1000 mg at any one time and no more than 4 times in one day.
The dose for a child is different from the adult dose. Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving this medicine to a child.
Paracetamol may be taken with or without food. If you need a fast pain relief, take it on an empty stomach as food may slow down the absorption of this medicine from the stomach.
You may stop taking Paracetamol when you have no more pain or fever. Take it only when you need to.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
Inform your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease.
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Do not take with other dosage forms of Paracetamol as there is a risk of overdosage.
Do not take this medicine with other products that contain Paracetamol.
Side effects with Paracetamol are not common and may include rashes and other allergic reactions. However, do alert your doctor if you experience rashes that worsen or do not disappear after a few days.
Notify your doctor immediately if you experience yellowing of the skin or eyes with abdominal pain or persistent tiredness, nausea or vomiting.
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
- medicines for stomach discomfort e.g. metoclopramide, domperidone
- blood-thinning medicine e.g. warfarin
- antibiotics e.g. chloramphenicol
- medicines for epilepsy e.g. phenytoin, carbamazepine, phenobarbital
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Paracetamol.
Paracetamol should not be taken at the same time as colestyramine. Colestyramine could reduce the effectiveness of this medicine when taken at the same time. If you are taking colestyramine, take Paracetamol at least 4 hours after you have taken colestyramine.
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicine, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.