Last Updated 17 Dec 2012
Perfalgan (purf-al-gan) is a medicine which is used in pain relief and reduction of fever. Perfalgan contains paracetamol. It is supplied by Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
The information in this Medicine Guide for Perfalgan varies according to the condition being treated and the particular preparation used.
There are 2 preparations of Perfalgan available. If Perfalgan 1g/100ml solution for infusion vials is not the preparation you are looking for, please select from the drop down list below.
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Perfalgan is an injectable form of the medicine paracetamol, which helps to relieve pain and reduce fever. It is used when an injectable form of the medicine is needed because a tablet or liquid cannot be used.
Other information about Perfalgan:
As Perfalgan will be given to you as an injection, it will usually be stored by the medical team.
Perfalgan is not suitable for everyone and some people should never use it. Other people should only use it with special care. It is important that the person prescribing this medicine knows your full medical history.
Over time it is possible that Perfalgan can become unsuitable for some people, or they may become unsuitable for it. If at any time it appears that Perfalgan has become unsuitable, it is important that the prescriber is contacted immediately.
Once a medicine has been licensed, information on the medicine's effects, both intended and unintended, is continuously recorded and updated.
Some side-effects may be serious while others may only be a mild inconvenience.
Everyone's reaction to a medicine is different. It is difficult to predict which side-effects you will have from taking a particular medicine, or whether you will have any side-effects at all. The important thing is to tell your prescriber or pharmacist if you are having problems with your medicine.
If you feel unwell or if you have concerns about a side-effect, tell the person looking after you immediately.
The decision to use medicines that interact depends on your specific circumstances. Your prescriber may decide to use medicines that interact, if it is believed that the benefits of taking the medicines together outweigh the risks. In such cases, it may be necessary to alter your dose or monitor you more closely.
Tell your prescriber the names of all the medicines that you are taking so that they can consider all possible interactions. This includes all the medicines which have been prescribed by your GP, hospital doctor, dentist, nurse, health visitor, midwife or pharmacist. You must also tell your prescriber about medicines which you have bought over the counter without prescriptions.
Medicines can interact with complementary preparations and vitamins. In general, there is not much information available about interactions between medicines and complementary preparations or vitamins.
When taking any medicine you should be aware that it might interfere with your ability to drive or operate machinery safely.
Like all medicines Perfalgan can cause side effects. You should see how this medicine affects you and then judge if you are safe to drive or operate machinery. If you are in any doubt, talk to your prescriber.
Most medicines, in some way, can affect the development of a baby in the womb. The effect on the baby differs between medicines and also depends on the stage of pregnancy that you have reached when you take the medicine.
In the case of Perfalgan:
You need to discuss your specific circumstances with your doctor to weigh up the overall risks and benefits of taking this medicine. You and your doctor can make a decision about whether you are going to take this medicine during pregnancy.
If the decision is that you should not have Perfalgan, then you should discuss whether there is an alternative medicine that you could take during pregnancy.
Medicines contain active ingredients. They may also contain other, additional ingredients that help ensure the stability, safety and effectiveness of the medicine. Some may be used to prolong the life of the medicine.
If you are not able to take any of the ingredients in your medicine, talk to your prescriber or pharmacist to see if they can suggest an alternative medicine. If you have reacted badly to Perfalgan before, do not have Perfalgan. Talk to your prescriber, pharmacist or nurse as soon as possible.
Perfalgan, Version 7, last updated 17 Dec 2012