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How to use Paracetamol properly

Friday, November 23, 2012

Medications -02

As the name hurts all the people knows what is the drug called paracetamol. Simply it is a centrally acting analgesic agent which helps to get rid of pain. At the same time it has several other beneficial effects like reducing of fever, muscle pain, migraine headache and etc. Although it is a highly beneficial drug, improper usage may cause sever toxic effects on Liver (hepatotoxicity). Also the researchers have shown that although paracetamol is widely used by general population, they have not good idea bout the usage of paracetamol. Because the dosage of paracetamol may vary with the age and the body weight.

What are the usage of Paracetamol..............?

As mentioned earlier, Paracetamol is a highly beneficial drug. It act on your brain to reduce the pain and the fever. Due to these actions it is used in following conditions.

1. Fever
2. Headache
3. Migraine
4. Body aches
5. Muscle pain
6. Toothaches
7. Diseases like Rhuematoid artritis

What are the disadvantages of Paracetamol...........?

Paracetamol is highly toxic to the liver in over doses. Also it may be associated with gastric irritations when taken before to the meals. But, in normal doses it shows side effects hardly.
However rarely there may be hypersensitive rashes, nausea, vomiting and associated headache too.

What is the recommended dose of paracetamol for adult.........?

The recommended dosage of paracetamol for adult is 2 tablets of 500mg tablets (1g) not more than 4 times a day (usually 6 hourly). So use only get above dosage if you have pain of fever.

What is the recommended dose of paracetamol for children....?

The recommended dosage of child dosage is different from adult one. Because your child is given the dose according to the weight. The recommended amount of paracetamol is 10mg - 15 mg per 1kg of body weight per time. That is if you have a baby with 10kg, the required dose is 100mg to 150mg. This is also can give upto 6 times a day.

How to use drops of paracetamol in childhood.....?

According to the company the dose is different. Therefore see the label of the bottle to calculate the adequate dosage. Normally it depends on both weight and age of child.
                                                                (this is a simple guidance only)

How to prevent overdose of paracetamol....?

In the prevention of paracetamol over dose work of all the sectors are necessary.  It includes Doctors, Administratives , Pharmasists, Patient and all the society.
Because still the knowledge on paracetamol is lack all over the world. So we have to make them more informative to face these problems. Also some country have taken steps like reducing the amount of paracetamol issuing for patients. Other thing is we have to keep them away prom children. Unless serious side effects are seen.

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Unknown said...

Paracetamol is a popular name of drug and almost everyone is aware of that. Here is the marvellous information about it. So that people can know about its advantages and disadvantages as well.
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