Paracetamol tablets, caplets and capsules are widely available in high-street pharmacies. However, if you need a large supply of paracetamol, a high-street pack won’t get you very far.
White Pharmacy supplies prescription-only paracetamol, 100 tablets per pack as an add-on product to codeine and dihydrocodeine because we know that taking different medications in combination can improve results.
Paracetamol is used for mild to moderate pain relief including; headaches, sore throats, migraines, toothache, period pains and neuralgia. Paracetamol may also be used for the symptomatic relief of: rheumatic aches and pains, feverishness, colds and flu.
Paracetamol should be taken with water.
Adults aged 18 years and over can take one or two tablets every four to six hours as needed to relieve pain. They should not be given to anyone under 10 years old.
Do not take more than eight tablets in 24 hours.
Do not take this medicine with any other products that contain paracetamol. Many over-the-counter painkillers and cold and flu remedies contain paracetamol. It is important to check the ingredients of any medicines you buy without a prescription before taking them in combination with this medicine. Seek further advice from your pharmacist.
Most people do not experience any side effects when taking paracetamol. However, these are some of the effects people have noticed:
- Allergic reactions - skin rash
- Blood - changes in numbers and types of blood cells. If you have an increase in number of nose bleeds or notice that you bruise more easily or have more infections talk to your doctor.
Taking paracetamol for headaches too often or for too long can make them worse.
Do not take paracetamol with any other products that contain paracetamol. Many over-the-counter painkillers and cold and flu remedies contain paracetamol. It is important to check the ingredients of any medicines you buy without a prescription before taking them in combination with this medicine. Seek further advice from your pharmacist.
An overdose of paracetamol is dangerous and capable of causing serious damage to the liver and kidneys. You should never exceed the dose stated in the information leaflet supplied with this medicine. Immediate medical advice should be sought in the event of an overdose with this medicine, even if you feel well, because of the risk of delayed, serious liver damage.
Alcohol increases the risk of liver damage that can occur if an overdose of paracetamol is taken. The hazards of paracetamol overdose are greater in persistent heavy drinkers and in people with alcoholic liver disease.
Paracetamol should be used with caution you:
- have suffered from alcoholism
- have severe kidney or liver disease
- are pregnant or breastfeeding
- are taking medicines to prevent blood clotting such as warfarin
- are taking metoclopramide or domperidone (to prevent sickness)
- are taking colestyramine (to treat high cholesterol levels). This should not be taken at least one hour before and after taking paracetamol
- are taking imatinib (used to treat leukaemia and some stomach tumours)
The patient information leaflet (PIL) is a leaflet containing specific information about medical conditions, doses and side effects. You can download a copy of the PIL here:
Patient Info Leaflet