Using Paracetamol for Pain? Read this

August 30, 2013

The use of paracetamol, such as Panadol, for conditions like arthritis, has come under fire after a panel of medical experts “said they were ‘extremely concerned’ about the links of higher doses to cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and renal adverse events.

An article on outlined the panel’s findings, which included:

  • warnings about the potential side effects of paracetamol
  • findings that paracetamol only provides ‘limited benefit’
  • when used, it should be the ‘lowest effective dose’ for the ‘shortest possible time’
  • clinicians should be particularly cautious of using it in combination with an oral NSAID (anti-inflammatory)
  • ‘There is more evidence of side-effects with paracetamol  than we realised previously.

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