Generic: Paracetamol or Acetaminophen
Brand: Crocin, Fepanil etc..
Category: Analgesic and Antipyretic
Information for the pharmacists:
1.Paracetamol is an analgesic and antipyretic. It gives relief form pain and fever. Buffered acetaminophen acts as analgesic-antacid. It is used for analgesic action when an antacid action is required.
2.Paracetamol may cause liver damage with long term use or use of greater than recommended doses.
3.Unless otherwise directed by physician, children should not take more than 5
doses per day or for longer than 5 days at a time and adults should not take more than 8 doses per day and should not take for longer than 10 days at a time.
4.Increased risk of liver toxicity in chronic alcoholics with high doses or prolonged use.
5.Unless directed by a physician or dentist a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory
analgesic is not to be used together with paracetamol on a regular basis.
6. A tetracycline antibiotic should not be taken within 1 hours of buffered paracetamol effervescent granules.
7.Patients on sodium restricted diet should first check with physician before taking buffered paracetamol effervescent granules because they contain high sodium bicarbonate content.
Information for the patient:
1.Paracetamol is used to reduce pain and fever.
2.Do not take more than 8 tablets in 24 hours. Do not take more than 2 tablets at any one time.
3.If you find the recommended dose is not effective, do not take more, consult your doctor.
4.You should not take other medicines containing paracetamol while taking these tablets. Some cold and influenza medicines contain paracetamol.
5.Store away from heat and light.
6.Keep out of reach of children.
Advice for the patient: Drug information in lay language; USP DI; 1995, 15th edition; pg: 164-169.