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Paraserts 500mg Suppositories
Paracetamol 500mg Suppositories
Each suppository contains Paracetamol 500mg
For excipients, see 6.1
For the treatment of mild to moderate pain and fever. Paraserts/Paracetamol Suppositories may be especially useful in patients unable to take oral forms of paracetamol, e.g. post-operatively or with nausea and vomiting.
Method of administration: Rectal
Children 10 years – 12 years (30-40kg):
1 suppository every 4 to 6 hours up to a maximum of 4 suppositories in 24 hours.
Adults + Children 12 years and over:
1 -2 suppositories every 4 to 6 hours up to a maximum of 8 suppositories in 24 hours.
Dosages should be based on the child's age and weight. The dose should not be repeated more frequently than every 4 hours. The recommended dose should not be exceeded. Higher doses do not produce any increase in analgesic effect. The product should not be used for more than 3 days, except on the advice of a doctor. Only whole suppositories should be administered – do not break the suppository before administration
Hypersensitivity to either paracetamol, soy, peanuts or any of the other ingredients.
Paraserts/Paracetamol Suppositories should not be combined with other analgesic medications that contain paracetamol. Paracetamol should be given with care to patients with impaired kidney or liver function.
In general, the habitual use of painkillers, especially with combinations of more than one pain killing active ingredient, can lead to permanent kidney damage with the risk of liver failure (analgetic nephropathy).
Label and Leaflet will state the following warnings:
“Immediate medical advice should be sought in the event of an overdose, even if the child seems well”.
“Do not give with any other Paracetamol-containing products.”
“Immediate medical advice should be sought in the event of an overdose, even if the child seems well, because of the risk of delayed, serious liver damage.”
The absorption of paracetamol is speeded by metaclopramide or domperidone, and absorption is reduced by colestyramine.
The anticoagulant effect of warfarin and other coumarins may be increased by long term regular daily use of paracetamol, with increased risk of bleeding. Occasional doses of paracetamol do not have a significant effect on these anticoagulants.
Enzyme-inducing medicines, such as some antiepileptic drugs (phenytoin, phenobarbital, carbamazepine) have been shown in pharmacokinetic studies to reduce the plasma AUC of paracetamol to approx. 60 %. Other substances with enzyme- inducing properties, e.g. rifampicin are also suspected of causing lowered concentrations of paracetamol. In addition, the risk of liver damage during treatment with maximum recommended doses of paracetamol will be higher in patients being treated with enzyme-inducing agents.
A large amount of data on pregnant women indicate neither malformative, nor feto/neonatal toxicity. Epidemiological studies on neurodevelopment in children exposed to paracetamol in utero show inconclusive results. If clinically needed, paracetamol can be used during pregnancy however it should be used at the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time and at the lowest possible frequency.
Paracetamol is excreted in breast milk but not in clinically significant amounts. Available published data do not contraindicate breast feeding.
Redness of the rectal mucous membranes
Allergic reactions including skin rashes
Increase in creatinine (mostly secondary to hepatorenal syndrome)
There have been some reports of blood dyscrasias, including thrombocytopenia and argranulocytosis, with the use of paracetamol- containing products, but the causal relationship has not been established.
Liver damage is possible in adults who have taken 10g or more of paracetamol. Ingestion of 5g or more of paracetamol may lead to liver damage if the patient has risk factors (see below).
It is considered that excess quantities of a toxic metabolite (usually adequately detoxified by glutathione when normal doses of paracetamol are ingested) become irreversibly bound to liver tissue.
If the patient
a. Is on long term treatment with carbamazepine, phenobarbitone, phenytoin, primidone, rifampicin, St John's Wort or other drugs that induce liver enzymes.
b. Regularly consumes ethanol in excess of recommended amounts
c. Is likely to be glutathione deplete e.g. eating disorders, cystic fibrosis, HIV infection, starvation, cachexia.
Symptoms of paracetamol overdosage in the first 24 hours are pallor, nausea, vomiting, anorexia and abdominal pain. Liver damage may become apparent 12 to 48 hours after ingestion. Abnormalities of glucose metabolism and metabolic acidosis may occur. In severe poisoning, hepatic failure may progress to encephalopathy, haemorrhage, hypoglycaemia, cerebral oedema, and death. Acute renal failure with acute tubular necrosis, strongly suggested by loin pain, haematuria and proteinuria, may develop in the absence of severe liver damage. Cardiac arrythmias and pancreatitis have been reported.
Immediate treatment is essential in the management of paracetamol overdose. Despite a lack of significant early symptoms, patients should be referred to hospital urgently for immediate medical attention. Symptoms may be limited to nausea or vomiting and may not reflect the severity of overdose or the risk of organ damage. Management should be in accordance with established treatment guidelines, see BNF overdose section.
Treatment with activated charcoal should be considered if the overdose has been taken by mouth within 1 hour. Plasma paracetamol concentration should be measured at 4 hours or later after ingestion (earlier concentrations are unreliable). Treatment with N-acetylcysteine may be used up to 24 hours after ingestion of paracetamol, however, the maximum protective effect is obtained up to 8 hours post-ingestion. The effectiveness of the antidote declines sharply after this time. If required the patient should be given intravenous N-acetylcysteine, in line with the established dosage schedule. If vomiting is not a problem, oral methionine may be a suitable alternative for remote areas, outside hospital.
Management of patients who present with serious hepatic dysfunction beyond 24h from ingestion should be discussed with NPIS or a liver unit.
Pharmacotherapeutic Group: Anilides, ATC Code: N02 BE01
Paracetamol is an aniline derivative with analgesic and antipyretic actions similar to those of aspirin but with no demonstrable anti-inflammatory activity. It does not affect thrombocyte aggregation or bleeding time. Paracetamol is generally well tolerated by patients hypersensitive to acetylsalicylic acid. It produces analgesia by elevation of the pain threshold and antipyresis through action on the hypothalamic heat-regulation centre.
Paracetamol is well absorbed by both oral and rectal routes. Peak plasma concentrations occur about 2 to 3 hours after rectal administration. The plasma half life is about 2 ¼ hours and is prolonged in cirrhosis.
Paracetamol is primarily metabolised in the liver by conjugation to glucuronide and sulphate. A small amount (about 3-10% of a therapeutic dose) is metabolised by oxidation and the reactive intermediate metabolite thus formed is bound preferentially to the liver glutathione and excreted as cystein and mercapturic acid conjugates.
Excretion occurs via the kidneys. 2-3% of a therapeutic dose is excreted unchanged; 80-90% as glucuronide and sulphate and a smaller amount as cysteine and mercapturic acid derivatives.
Conventional studies using the currently accepted standards for the evaluation of toxicity to reproduction and development are not available.
Do not store above 30°C
In pack size of 10 suppositories
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