Paracetamol 500mg Capsules/Tablets


  • Relieves Mild To Moderate Pain
  • Active Ingredient: Paracetamol
  • Reduces High Temperatures In Cold And Flu
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Paracetamol capsules are an analgesic (or painkiller) that are able to tackle mild to moderate pain head on. After taking the recommended dosage, this effective pain relief treatment will ease your symptoms, allowing you to carry on with your day.

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    Paracetamol belongs to a group of medicines called analgesics. They are used for the relief of mild to moderate pain and feverish conditions such as headache, toothache, colds, influence, joint pain and period pains. It is typically combined with other painkillers and anti-sickness medicines. It’s also an ingredient in a wide range of cold and flu remedies. Key facts about paracetamol:
    • Paracetamol takes up to an hour to work.
    • The usual dose of paracetamol is one or two 500mg tablets at a time.
    • Do not take paracetamol with other medicines containing paracetamol.
    • Paracetamol is safe to take in pregnancy and while breastfeeding, at recommended doses.
    • Brand names include Disprol, Hedex, Medinol and Panadol.

    Paracetamol Overdose

    Paracetamol overdose is common and may even occur accidently. If not treated, it can cause liver failure. If you think you have a Paracetamol overdose you should immediately call for an ambulance to start treatment as soon as possible. Once you are in hospital and are being assessed, the following will be asked –
    • Number of tablets taken.
    • What time was the overdose taken?
    • If the tablet was in tablet, liquid or soluble form.
    • If any other tablets were taken at the same time.
    • If any alcohol was taken at the same time.
    • Any suicide risk.
    An early examination may be taken but may not evidence of Paracetamol overdose because it’s too early to tell. If liver damage is experienced there may be jaundice, tender liver or encephalopathy (brain involvement).

    Ibuprofen And Paracetamol

    It is considered safe to take Ibuprofen and Paracetamol together. Paracetamol can be found in many remedies you can buy over-the-counter from supermarkets and pharmacies, including:
    • Migraine remedies
    • Cough and cols products, such as Lemsip and Night Nurse
    Certain prescription only medicines also contain ibuprofen and paracetamol combined with other painkillers, such as:
    • Co-codamol
    • Co-dydramol
    • Tramacet

    Can You Take Paracetamol And Ibuprofen Together?

    A question someone who is taking Paracetamol may want the answer to is “Can You Take Paracetamol And Ibuprofen Together?”. Yes, it’s safe to take Paracetamol and Ibuprofen together if you are 16 and over. There are currently no known harmful interactions/side effects when taken together. Both can be taken at the same time or spread out. It would be best to take Ibuprofen on a full stomach or with food. However, you should not take paracetamol alongside other medicines that contain paracetamol. If you take 2 different medicines that contain paracetamol, there’s a risk of overdose. If you have any further questions about “Can You Take Paracetamol And Ibuprofen Together?” ask your doctor or pharmacist. This can include other drug interactions.

    How Long Does It Take For Paracetamol To Work?

    Another common question relating to paracetamol is “How long does it take for Paracetamol to work?” Although it has been in use for over 50 years, the exact way paracetamol works to reduce pain and fever is currently not fully understood. For most people, paracetamol will begin to ease pain and bring a high temperature down about 30 minutes after the recommended dose is taken. The effects of paracetamol can last anywhere between 4 to 6 hours. Contact out customer support team if you have any other questions pertaining to “How Long Does It Take For Paracetamol To Work?”

    What Is Paracetamol?

    So, what is paracetamol? Paracetamol is what is known as an analgesic. They are types of painkillers that relieve different types of pain – from headaches to injuries to arthritis. There are different types of analgesics as well, anti-inflammatory which reduces inflammation, and opioid analgesics that change the way the brain receives pain signals. Please speak to a doctor if you need more information about how analgesics like paracetamol work.

    Paracetamol Side Effects

    Like all medicines, paracetamol side effects can occur, although not everybody will experience them. Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following paracetamol side effects or notice any other effects not listed in the patient information leaflet:
    • Allergic reactions – skin rash
    • Blood – changes in numbers and types of blood cells. If you have an increase in the number of nose bleeds, notice that you bruise more easily or have more infections, talk to your doctor.
    Very rare cases of serious skin reactions have been reported. If you experience any paracetamol side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any side effects not listed in the patient information leaflet.

    How Many Paracetamol Is Dangerous?

    If this is your first-time using paracetamol, you may be wondering how many paracetamol is dangerous? Taking one or two extra paracetamol tablets by accident is unlikely to cause you any harm. However, taking 8 or more tablets within a 24-hour period can cause harmful effects such as toxicity. Wait at least 4 hours between doses.

    Paracetamol Dosage

    Always take the recommended paracetamol dosage given to you by your doctor exactly as they instruct. Each paracetamol dosage should be taken with water. It should be taken as long as your doctor tells you to. Recommended paracetamol dosage for adults including the elderly and children over 16 years:
    • 1 or 2 tablets every 4 to 6 hours as required, to a maximum of 8 tablets in 24 hours.
    Children 10-15 years old:
    • 1 tablet every 4-6 hours as required, to a maximum of 4 tablets in 24 hours.
    Children under 10 years old:
    • Not recommended

    Paracetamol In Pregnancy

    If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking paracetamol in pregnancy. If necessary, paracetamol in pregnancy can be used. You should use the lowest dose that reduces your pain and/or your fever and use it for the shortest time possible. Contact your doctor if the pain and/or fever are not reduced or if you need to take the medicine more often. You can take this medicine whilst breast-feeding.

    Can You Give Dogs Paracetamol?

    Can you give dogs paracetamol? Dogs and other pets should never be given human paracetamol/pain killers. It can be highly toxic if the wrong amount is given. This includes paracetamol as well as Ibuprofen. Pets should only be given painkillers prescribed by your vet.
  • Side Effects

    Possible side-effects

    Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. The following side effects may happen with this medicine:

    Stop taking paracetamol and see a doctor or go to a hospital straight away if:

    You get swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, face, lips or throat which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing. You could also notice an itchy, lumpy rash (hives) or nettle rash (urticaria) This may mean you are having an allergic reaction to paracetamol.

    Tell your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side effects gets serious or lasts longer than a few days:

    You get infections or bruise more easily than usual. This could be because of a blood problem (such as agranulocytosis, neutropenia or thrombocytopenia). This side effect has only happened in a few people taking paracetamol.

    please consult a my pharmacy or your doctor if you experience any other worrying side effects while using this medicine


    Take special care and check with your doctor before taking paracetamol if:

    You have severe kidney or liver problems or if you have a liver problem caused by alcohol.If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine.

    Other medicines and paracetamol

    Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines. This includes medicines obtained without a prescription, including herbal medicines. This is because paracetamol can affect the way some other medicines work. Also, some other medicines can affect the way paracetamol works.

    While taking paracetamol you should not take any other medicines which contain paracetamol.

    This includes some painkillers, cough and cold remedies. It also includes a wide range of other medicines available from your doctor and more widely in shops.

    Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:

    Medicines used to thin the blood such as warfarin
    Metoclopramide or domperidone – used to stop you feeling sick (nausea) or being sick (vomiting)
    Colestyramine – for lowering blood cholesterol levels
    If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking paracetamol.

    Paracetamol with alcohol

    You should not drink alcohol while you are taking these tablets. Taking alcohol with paracetamol can increase your chances of getting side effects.

    Pregnancy and breast-feeding

    Talk to your doctor before taking these tablets if:

    You are pregnant, think you may be pregnant or plan to get pregnant
    You are breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed
    Paracetamol can be used during pregnancy. You should use the lowest possible dose that reduces your pain and/or your fever and use it for the shortest time possible. Contact your doctor or midwife if the pain and or fever are not reduced or if you need to take the medicine more often.

  • Further Information

    Patient Information Leaflet