Although not everyone uses paracetamol to relieve a hangover, some may not even experience a hangover, it is nonetheless a useful tool for relieving physical pain or illness. Paracetamol can not only relieve disease and pain, it can also cause it. It does this by blocking chemical signals sent to the brain that tell the body that it is in pain. When a person has a fever, paracetamol targets areas of the brain that regulate body temperature.
This is not the only side effect that should prompt a call to a medical professional.
If breathing is difficult or troubled, irregularly rapid or slow, or shallow, a physician should be consulted.
The NHS recommends also seeking emergency treatment in the event of a severe allergic reaction.
An allergic reaction to paracetamol may present as a rash with “itchy, red, swollen, blistered or peeling skin”.
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Medicines used to thin the blood, treat epilepsy or tuberculosis are not necessarily suitable in the company of paracetamol because, in the case of blood thinners, paracetamol can increase the risk of bleeding when taken regularly.
Medicinal plants are not immune to this caution either.
St. John’s wort should only be taken with paracetamol if the dose of the latter is reduced
Although the list of side effects may seem confusing, they are there to provide information so that the user is aware of what might happen after consuming the drug.