May 26, 2022

Can we take paracetamol on an empty stomach?

PARACETAMOL is in medicine cabinets across the country, but how exactly should you take the pain reliever?

Here is the truth about everything you need to know about paracetamol and whether it should be taken with or without food.


Paracetamol is used for the treatment of mild to moderate painCredit: PA: Press Association

How and when to take paracetamol?

Paracetamol is a well-known pain reliever tablet that can be used to treat aches, pains, and high temperatures.

The drug is available as tablets to be swallowed whole with water.

For those who have trouble swallowing tablets whole, paracetamol is also available as a syrup or soluble tablet.

The NHS website says paracetamol is safe to use in the correct dose of one or two tablets up to four times in 24 hours.

For example, if you take your first dose of one or two tablets (or the equivalent alternate form) at 9:00 a.m., you should not take a second dose before 1:00 p.m.

You can then take the third dose at 5:00 p.m. and a fourth and final dose at 9:00 p.m., for a total of four doses of one or two tablets in 24 hours.

Regardless of when you start taking paracetamol, it is important to wait four hours before taking your next dose.

The NHS says that while an additional pill or two taken in excess of the recommended dose would be acceptable, however, any other pill could lead to serious health problems.

The NHS website states: “An overdose of paracetamol can cause serious side effects. Do not be tempted to increase the dose or take a double dose if your pain is very severe. “

Compliance with dosage recommendations is essential.

A study from the University of Oxford says: “Most people have no idea what the maximum daily dose of paracetamol is. In the UK, around one in four people frequently exceed the maximum daily dose.”

How long does it take for paracetamol to work?

Paracetamol takes up to an hour to work according to the NHS website with a usual dose of one or two 500 mg tablets.

The British Medical Journal (BMJ) says that “paracetamol is available in immediate-release (short-acting) and modified-release (long-acting) preparations”.

However, researchers at the University of Oxford claim that “paracetamol can relieve pain, but only for a small number of people. For postoperative pain, perhaps one in four people benefits; for headaches, maybe one in ten ”.

Can I take paracetamol before eating?

According to the NHS website, paracetamol can be taken with or without food.

As with all medications, there are many dos and don’ts, and acetaminophen is no different.

It is important to read the directions on the packaging and to consult your GP about any medications you are taking.

If you take too many paracetamol tablets, you should call 999 for emergency medical attention.

If you have other medical problems you should call the NHS helpline on 111.

It is always important to discuss health issues with your GP.