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Commonly used pain reliever and fever reducer

  • Paracetamol a commonly used over-the-counter analgesic (pain reliever) and antipyretic (fever reducer).
  • Paracetamol is the International Nonproprietary Name (INN) and British Approved Name (BAN).
  • It is called acetaminophen is the United States Adopted Name (USAN) and Japanese Adopted Name (JAN).
  • It belongs to, and is the only one of its kind, class of drug called aniline analgesics.
  • It is used for relief of headaches and other minor aches and pains and is a major ingredient in numerous cold and flu remedies.
  • It is a weak anti-inflammatory medicine.
  • It is safe when used in recommended doses but fatal when even for overdose.
  • It is a WHO approved medicine for fever for all ages.
  • Side effects of paracetamol are mild to non-existent.
  • Chronic users of paracetamol may have a higher risk of developing blood cancer.
  • It was first marketed in the United States in 1950 under the name Triagesic.
  • It was marketed in 1953 by Sterling-Winthrop Co. as Panadol.
  • Paracetamol is available in a tablet, capsule, liquid suspension, suppository, intravenous, intramuscular and Effervescent form.
  • It is lethal to cats and snakes.
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