POM: Prescription only medicine
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Paracetamol 500mg Capsules
PACKAGE LEAFLET – INFORMATION FOR THE USER
PARACETAMOL 500MG CAPSULES
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains important information for you.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What paracetamol is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take paracetamol
3. How to take paracetamol
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store paracetamol
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT PARACETAMOL IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
The name of your medicine is Paracetamol 500mg Capsules (called paracetamol throughout this leaflet). This medicine contains paracetamol.
It belongs to a group of medicines called analgesics (painkillers) and is used for the treatment of headaches (including migraine and tension headaches), toothache, nerve pain, backache, muscle pain, joint pain, a sore throat and a period pain) It is also used to lower a high temperature and relieve the symptoms of cold or flu.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE PARACETAMOL
Do not take paracetamol and tell your doctor if:
Paracetamol 500mg Capsules must not be given to children under 10 years of age
Do not take paracetamol if any of the above apply to you. If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking paracetamol.
Warnings and precautions
Take special care and check with your doctor before taking paracetamol if:
If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine.
Other medicines and paracetamol
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines. This includes medicines obtained without a prescription, including herbal medicines. This is because paracetamol can affect the way some other medicines work. Also, some other medicines can affect the way paracetamol works.
While taking paracetamol you should not take any other medicines which contain paracetamol.
This includes some painkillers, cough and cold remedies. It also includes a wide range of other medicines available from your doctor and more widely in shops.
Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:
If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking paracetamol.
Paracetamol with alcohol
You should not drink alcohol whilst taking these capsules. Taking paracetamol with alcohol can increase your chances of getting side effects.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Talk to your doctor before taking these capsules if:
Paracetamol can be used during pregnancy. You should use the lowest possible dose that reduces your pain and/or your 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.
3. HOW TO TAKE PARACETAMOL
Always take paracetamol exactly your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Adults and children over 16
Use in children aged 10 to 15 years
Take one capsule every four to six hours when necessary to a maximum of four doses in 24 hours.
Use in children under 10
Paracetamol 500mg Capsules should not be given to children under 10 years of age.
If you take more paracetamol than you should
If you forget to take paracetamol
If you forget to take a dose at the right time, take it as soon as you remember. However, do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. Remember to leave at least 4 hours between doses.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. The following side effects may happen with this medicine:
Stop taking paracetamol and see a doctor or go to a hospital straight away if:
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side effects gets serious or lasts longer than a few days:
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. 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 or search for MHRA Yellow Card on the Google Play or Apple App Store. By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE PARACETAMOL
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Paracetamol 500mg Capsules contain
The other ingredients are: maize starch and magnesium stearate. The capsule is made of gelatine and coloured with titanium dioxide (E171), erythrosine (E127), yellow iron oxide (E172) and indigo carmine (E132). The ink used to print on the capsules contains shellac, dehydrated alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, butyl alcohol, propylene glycol, sodium hydroxide, povidone and titanium dioxide.
What Paracetamol 500mg Capsules look like and contents of the pack
The capsules are blue and white in colour with “S174” printed in white ink on the capsule. It contains white powder.
Paracetamol 500mg Capsules come in cartons of 48, 60, 96 and 100 capsules. Not all pack sizes may be sold.
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This leaflet was updated in February 2020
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