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Boots Paracetamol 500mg Tablets (16)

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THE BOOTS COMPANY PLC See contact details
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The Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) is the leaflet included in the pack with a medicine.
Last updated on emc: 25 Aug 2022

Below is a text only representation of the Patient Information Leaflet (ePIL).

The text only version may be available in large print, Braille or audio CD. For further information call emc accessibility on {phone} 0800 198 5000. The product code(s) for this leaflet is: PL08977/0001.

Boots Paracetamol 500mg Tablets (16)

Patient Information Leaflet for

Boots Paracetamol 500mg 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 after 3 days.

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 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


These tablets contain paracetamol and are used to treat mild to moderate pain including headache, migraine, neuralgia, toothache, sore throat, period pain, flu, fever, aches and pains including muscle pains, backache and rheumatic aches and pains.

Do not take these tablets if you:
  • Are allergic to Paracetamol or any of the other ingredients listed in section 6 (see section 4 – possible side effects).

Warnings and precautions
  • Suffer from liver or kidney problems
  • Suffer from alcohol dependency
  • Suffer from non-serious arthritis and need to take painkillers every day

Other medicines and Paracetamol

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines:

  • Blood thinning medicines such as warfarin
  • Metoclopramide and Domperidone (for sickness and digestive disorders)
  • Colestyramine (to help control cholesterol levels)
  • Flucloxacillin (antibiotic), due to a serious risk of blood and fluid abnormality (high anion gap metabolic acidosis) that must have urgent treatment and which may occur particularly in case of severe renal impairment, sepsis (when bacteria and their toxins circulate in the blood leading to organ damage), malnutrition, chronic alcoholism, and if the maximum daily doses of paracetamol are used
  • Any other paracetamol containing products

Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.

If necessary, Paracetamol 500mg Tablets 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/midwife if the pain and/or fever are not reduced or if you need to take the medicine more often.


Always take this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

Dosage in adults, the elderly and children 16 years and over: Take one or two tablets every four to six hours as needed. Do not take more than 8 tablets in 24 hours.

Dosage in children 10 to 15 years: Take one tablet every four to six hours as needed. Do not take more than 4 tablets in 24 hours.

Do not give the tablets to children aged under 10 years unless told to by your doctor. Do not give for more than 3 days at a time unless your doctor tells you to.

When taking this medicine, it is important to remember the following:

  • Wait at least 4 hours between doses
  • Do not exceed the stated dose and do not take for more than 3 days.
  • Do not take other Paracetamol containing products whilst taking this medicine
  • If your symptoms continue or your headache becomes persistent, see your doctor.

If you take more Paracetamol Tablets than you should:

Talk to a doctor at once if you take too much of this medicine, even if you feel well because of the risk of delayed, serious liver damage. Take the container and any remaining tablets with you. Symptoms of overdose include loss of appetite (anorexia), nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

If you forget to take Paracetamol Tablets:

Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.

If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.


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

Serious side effects

If you experience any of these symptoms after taking this medicine go to the nearest hospital immediately:

  • Allergic reactions which may be severe such as skin rashes and itching sometimes with swelling of the mouth or face or shortness of breath
  • Skin rash or peeling or mouth ulcers
  • Difficulty breathing. These are more likely if you have experienced them before when taking other painkillers such as ibuprofen and aspirin.
  • Unexplained bruising or bleeding, throat and mouth ulcers or bleeding gums accompanied by tiredness and flu like symptoms
  • Hepatitis – inflammation of the liver.

Other side effects
  • Blood problems which can lead to an increased risk of infection.

Very rare cases of serious skin reactions have been reported.

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 or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store. By reporting side effects, you can provide more information on the safety of this medicine.


Keep medicines out of the sight and reach of children.

Do not store above 25°C. Store in the original packaging to protect from light and moisture.

Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the packaging. The expiry date refers to the last day of the month.

Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.

What Paracetamol Tablets contain

The active substance in these tablets is paracetamol 500mg.

The inactive ingredients are Potato Starch, Pregelatinised maize starch, Magnesium stearate, Talc and Colloidal Silica.

What Paracetamol Tablets look like and contents of the pack

They are white flat circular bevelled edge tablets embossed with a breakline and aP 500 on one side and plain on the reverse.

Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Aspar Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Albany House
Acrewood Way
St Albans
United Kingdom

PL 08977/0001

Distributed by
The Boots Company PLC

Available in packs of 8, 12, and 16 tablets.

This leaflet was last revised in May 2022.

Artwork Reference: PTT-BO/9

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