What is a Patient Information Leaflet and why is it useful?

The Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) is the leaflet included in the pack with a medicine. It is written for patients and gives information about taking or using a medicine. It is possible that the leaflet in your medicine pack may differ from this version because it may have been updated since your medicine was packaged.

Below is a text only representation of the Patient Information Leaflet. The original leaflet can be viewed using the link above.

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Boots Paracetamol 500mg Tablets (16 Caplets)

Package leaflet: Information for the patients

Boots Paracetamol 500 mg Tablets

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains important information for you.

Always take this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor or pharmacist has told you.

  • Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
  • Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
  • If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
  • You must talk to a doctor if you do not feel better or if you feel worse.

What is in this leaflet

1. What Paracetamol 500mg Tablets are and what they are used for
2. What you need to know before you take Paracetamol 500mg Tablets
3. How to take Paracetamol 500mg Tablets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Paracetamol 500mg Tablets
6. Contents of the pack and other information

1. What Paracetamol 500mg Tablets are and what they are used for

Paracetamol relieves pain and brings down high temperatures (reduces fever).

Paracetamol 500mg Tablets are used for the relief of

  • mild to moderate pain including headache, migraine, nerve pain (neuralgia), toothache, sore throat and period pains
  • symptoms of rheumatic and muscular aches and pains, sciatica, back pain (lumbago), joint swelling and stiffness
  • symptoms of colds and flu.

2. What you need to know before you take Paracetamol 500mg Tablets

Do not take Paracetamol 500mg Tablets

  • if you are allergic to paracetamol, sodium metabisulfite or any of the other ingredients listed in section 6.

Do not take anything else containing paracetamol while taking this medicine.

Warnings and precautions

Talk to you pharmacist or doctor before taking if

  • you suffer from severe liver or kidney disease, including alcoholic liver disease.

Other medicines and Paracetamol 500mg Tablets

Talk to your pharmacist or doctor before taking the tablets if you are taking any of the following:

  • medicines for nausea or sickness, such as metoclopramide or domperidone.
  • colestyramine for high cholesterol or high blood fats
  • warfarin (or other medicines used to thin the blood and reduce the risk of clotting). The risk of bleeding may be increased if you take paracetamol daily over a long period of time. However you can take occasional doses of paracetamol.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

If necessary, Paracetamol 500mg Tablets can be used during pregnancy. You should use the lowest possible dose that reduces your pain and/or fever and use it for the shortest time possible. Contact your doctor or midwife if the pain and/or fever are not reduced or if you need to take the medicine more often.

You can take paracetamol while breastfeeding

Important information about some of the ingredients in this medicine

Paracetamol 500mg Tablets contain sodium metabisulfite (E223) which may rarely cause severe hypersensitivity (allergic) reactions and bronchospasm (narrowing of the windpipe).

3. How to take Paracetamol 500mg Tablets

Swallow the tablets, preferably with a drink of water.

Adults and children over 16 years: Take 1 or 2 tablets every 4-6 hours, as required.

Don’t take more than 8 tablets (4 doses) in any 24 hours.

Children 10 – 12 years: Take 1 tablet every 4-6 hours, as required.

Don’t take more than 4 tablets (4 doses) in any 24 hours.

Children 6 – 10 years: Take half a tablet every 4-6 hours, as required.

Don’t take more than 2 tablets (4 doses) in any 24 hours.

Do not give to children under 6 years.

Do not take more often than every 4 hours.

Do not take for more than 3 days unless instructed by your doctor.

Do not take more medicine than the label tells you to. If you do not get better, talk to your doctor.

Talk to a doctor at once if you take too much of this medicine even if you feel well. This is because too much paracetamol can cause delayed, serious liver damage.

4. Possible side effects

Like all medicines, paracetamol can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

Side effects are rare with paracetamol.

Stop taking the tablets and contact your doctor immediately if you notice

  • skin rashes or other signs of allergic reaction such as itching, swelling of the lips, tongue or throat, or difficulty in breathing
  • unexpected bruising or bleeding, persistent tiredness, or increase in the number of infections (e.g. sore throats) which you get. These are possible signs of changes in the blood
  • skin rash or peeling, or mouth ulcers
  • breathing problems. These are more likely if you have experienced them before when taking other painkillers such as ibuprofen and aspirin
  • nausea, sudden weight loss, loss of appetite and yellowing of the eyes and skin

Very rare cases of serious skin reactions have been reported.

Reporting side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

5. How to store Paracetamol 500mg Tablets

There are no special storage requirements.

Do not use after the expiry date shown on the carton.

Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.

6. Contents of the pack and other information

What Paracetamol 500mg Tablets contain

The active ingredient is: Paracetamol 500mg per tablet.

Other ingredients are: Pregelatinised maize starch, sodium metabisulfite (E223) and magnesium stearate.

What Paracetamol 500mg Tablets look like and the contents of the pack

Paracetamol 500mg Tablets are white, capsule-shaped tablets with a break line on one side.

This pack contains 16 tablets.

Marketing Authorisation Holder:

Galpharm Healthcare Ltd.
Wrafton
Braunton
Devon
EX33 2DL
United Kingdoms

Manufacturer:

Galpharm International Ltd.
Elmhirst Park
Middle Field Road
Barnsley
South Yorkshire
S75 4LS
United Kingdom

Distributed by:

The Boots Company PLC
Nottingham
NG2 3AA

Text revised: August 2019

Other formats

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0800 198 5000 (UK only)

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Product name: Boots Paracetamol 500 mg Tablets

Reference number: 16028/0012

Artwork Reference WBAG321995