Paracetamol is such a popular drug that almost everyone knows it. On the market today, it is impossible to count all the drugs whose main ingredient is paracetamol. And at this time, it is also a priority for people to have in every family’s medicine cabinet, alongside medical masks and antiseptic alcohol. So, how to use paracetamol effectively and safely?
Paracetamol, also known as acetaminophen. It is a fairly benign pain reliever and fever reducer. When used at therapeutic doses, it will not have any negative effects on the human body. Therefore, paracetamol is classified as a non-prescription drug, users can freely buy it at the pharmacy without a prescription from a doctor.
– Pain relieving effect: paracetamol is used to temporarily relieve pain in the treatment of mild and localized pain, and is effective in treating inflammatory pain (mild joint pain, back pain, myositis, post-operative pain, toothache, headache). The drug has no effect on visceral pain.
– Antipyretic effect: paracetamol lowers the temperature in people with fever due to any cause (fever from 38.50C), has no effect on hypothermia in people with normal temperature.
The drug only works to reduce symptoms, has no effect on the cause of pain or fever, so after the drug is eliminated, the symptoms will return. Therefore, when using paracetamol for more than 3 days (without going to the doctor), you should consult a doctor, because such severe and prolonged pain can be a sign of a medical condition that requires diagnosis and treatment. .
Although paracetamol is an over-the-counter drug because it is relatively safe, overdose will cause unwanted effects, the most serious of which is liver necrosis, which can lead to death. On the market today there are many different brands of medicine containing paracetamol (acetaminophen). Therefore, you must ensure that concomitant medications do not contain paracetamol or that the total amount of paracetamol taken at the same time does not exceed the allowed dose.
Dosage and intended users:
– For adults: use 325mg to 650mg every 4-6 hours, no more than 5 times a day (no more than 3,250mg/day). For more severe pain, a dose of 1,000 mg can be taken every 6-8 hours, not exceeding 3,000 mg per day.
– For children:
+ Children 12 years and older: use dose equivalent to adult dose.
+ Children under 12 years old: content is calculated based on the child’s weight. Each time use 10-15mg/kg every 4-6 hours. Use no more than 5 times a day.
– For people with liver failure, kidney failure, or drinking a lot of alcohol, consult a doctor.
When using Paracetamol, the most important thing is to control the amount used each time as well as the total amount used per day, especially for young children. Therefore, parents should prioritize choosing products that have divided doses corresponding to each child’s weight.
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