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Boots Paracetamol 500 mg Tablets

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Boots Paracetamol 500 mg Tablets

Information for the user

Boots Paracetamol 500 mg Tablets

Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains important information for you.

This medicine is available without prescription to treat minor conditions. However, you still need to take it carefully to get the best results from it.

  • Keep this leaflet, you may need to read it again
  • Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice

What this medicine is for

This medicine contains Paracetamol which belongs to a group of medicines called analgesics and antipyretics, which act to relieve pain and reduce fever.

It can be used to relieve mild to moderate pain including headache, migraine, neuralgia, toothache, sore throat, period pain, rheumatic and muscular aches and pains, sciatica, fibrositis, lumbago, joint swelling and stiffness. It can also be used to relieve the symptoms of colds and flu and reduce fever.

Before you take this medicine

This medicine can be taken by adults and children aged 6 years and over. However, some people should not take this medicine or should seek the advice of their pharmacist or doctor first.

Do not take:

  • If you are allergic to any of the ingredients

Talk to your pharmacist or doctor:

  • If you have severe kidney problems or liver problems (including a disease caused by drinking alcohol)
  • If you are pregnant

You can take this medicine if you are breastfeeding.

Other important information

Information about some of the ingredients in this medicine: Sodium metabisulphite (E223) may rarely cause severe allergic reactions, tightness of the chest or difficulty in breathing.

If you take other medicines

This medicine contains paracetamol.

Do not take with any other paracetamol-containing products.

Before you take these tablets, make sure that you tell your pharmacist about ANY other medicines you might be using at the same time, particularly the following:

  • Metoclopramide or domperidone (for feeling sick or being sick)
  • Colestyramine (to reduce blood fat levels)
  • Warfarin or other blood thinners – if you take warfarin you can take occasional amounts of this medicine, but talk to your doctor first before your take it on a regular basis

If you are unsure about interactions with any other medicines, talk to your pharmacist. This includes medicines prescribed by your doctor and medicine you have bought for yourself, including herbal and homeopathic remedies.

How to take this medicine

Check the foil is not broken before use. If it is, do not take that tablet.

Adults and children of 12 years and over: Take one or two tablets up to four times a day, if you need to. Don’t take more than 8 tablets in any 24 hours.

Don’t take more often than every 4 hours.

Children of 6 to 11 years: Take half to one tablet up to four times a day, if you need to. Don’t take more than 4 tablets in any 24 hours.

Don’t take more often than every 4 hours.

Swallow each tablet with water.

Do not give to children under 6 years, unless your doctor tells you to.

Do not take more than the amount recommended above.

Do not take this medicine for more than 3 days, unless your doctor tells you to.

If symptoms do not go away talk to your doctor.

If you take too many tablets: Immediate medical advice should be sought in the event of an overdose, even if you feel well, because of the risk of delayed, serious liver damage. Go to your nearest hospital casualty department. Take your medicine and this leaflet with you.

Possible side effects

Most people will not have problems, but some may get some.

If you get any of these serious side effects, stop taking the tablets. See a doctor at once:

  • Difficulty in breathing, swelling of the face, neck, tongue or throat (severe allergic reactions)

These other effects are less serious. If they bother you talk to a pharmacist:

  • Skin rash
  • Unusual bruising, or infections such as sore throats - this may be a sign of very rare changes in the blood

If any side effect becomes severe, or you notice any side effect not listed here, please tell your pharmacist or doctor.

How to store this medicine

Keep this medicine in a safe place out of the sight and reach of children, preferably in a locked cupboard.

Use by the date on the end flap of the carton.

What is in this medicine

Each tablet contains Paracetamol 500 mg, which is the active ingredient.

As well as the active ingredient, the tablets also contain pregelatinised maize starch, sodium metabisulphite (E223), magnesium stearate.

The pack contains 16 or 32 white, round, flat bevelled edges tablets with a break-line on one side.

Who makes this medicine

Manufactured for

The Boots Company PLC


Galpharm International Ltd
Upper Cliffe Road
Dodworth Business Park
South Yorkshire
S75 3SP

Marketing Authorisation held by

Galpharm Healthcare Ltd
Upper Cliffe Road
Dodworth Business Park
South Yorkshire
S75 3SP

Leaflet prepared April 2011

If you would like any further information about this medicine, please contact

The Boots Company PLC


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Company contact details


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1 Thane Road West, Beeston, Nottingham, NG2 3AA


+44 (0)1159 592 565


+44 (0)1159 595 165

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