A go-to pain reliever for many, paracetamol is commonly used to treat various aches and pains. From tablets to syrup, the painkiller is readily available in different forms in most stores and pharmacies. Many take paracetamol without thinking twice about its side effects but as with all medicines there are some to be aware of.
Whether you use paracetamol to relieve certain pains or lower your temperature, the pain reliever can sometimes trigger side effects.
The good news is that paracetamol “rarely” causes side effects, according to the NHS.
However, you need to stick to the right dosage to avoid developing any issues.
The Health Service recommends sticking to a dose of one or two 500mg tablets taken up to four times in a 24-hour period.
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However, if you take paracetamol regularly, it may be useful to know the possible side effects that come with the drug.
The warning signs, which call for medical help and discontinuation of use, are dark urine and clay-colored stools, reports Drugs.com.
They advise you to “stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have any serious side effects” like those described above.
Both of these side effects are actually related to another side effect of the drug called jaundice.
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To see the full list of side effects, always refer to the patient information leaflet provided with your medicine.
The NHS recommends speaking to a pharmacist or doctor if you notice anything unusual or are worried about potential side effects.
Remember that it is important to stick to the right dose because paracetamol taken this way rarely causes problems.
The health service concludes: “An overdose of paracetamol can cause serious side effects.
“Don’t be tempted to increase the dose or take a double dose if your pain is very bad.”