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.