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Paracetamol 500mg Tablets
PARACETAMOL 500mg TABLETS
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
The name of your medicine is Paracetamol 500mg Tablets (called paracetamol throughout this leaflet). This medicine contains paracetamol. It belongs to a group of medicines called analgesics (painkillers) and is used to treat pain (including headache, toothache, back and period pain) and cold or flu symptoms.
Paracetamol 500mg Tablets 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.
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.
Please 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.
If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking paracetamol.
You should not drink whilst taking these tablets. Taking alcohol with paracetamol can increase your chances of getting side effects.
Talk to your doctor before taking these tablets if:
If necessary, 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.
Always take paracetamol exactly as instructed on this leaflet. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Paracetamol 500mg Tablets should not be given to children under 10 years of age.
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.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. The following side effects may happen with this medicine:
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 in the Google Play or Apple App Store. By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
Paracetamol 500mg Tablets come in cartons of 16, 32 and 100. Not all pack sizes may be sold.
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This leaflet was updated in July 2023.