May 20, 2022

Paracetamol: Take your dosage with caution | Health

The most common drug people taking during the third wave of coronavirus is Dolo 650 mg. The most common and popular brand of the drug is called paracetamol, a tablet recommended for fever, pain and body aches. India has sold more than 350 crore of Dolo tablets since the Covid-19 outbreak in 2020. If we stack the tablets sold vertically, that’s about 6,000 times higher than Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. world. The internet was also flooded with memes after its skyrocketing sales.

If these tablets were sold in crores, the consumption is supposed to be higher than ever. Although the drug is considered safe, it can have significant side effects if the recommended required dose is exceeded. It is crucial to take your dose carefully.

“Some patients may complain of nausea, abdominal discomfort, vomiting and diarrhea, dizziness after consuming this tablet. If taken in excessive amounts, it can have serious side effects, especially liver damage which occurs if the dose is more than 4 grams per day,” says Dr. Sumit Bhatia, Senior Consultant, Gastroenterologist, Hospitals Paras, Gurugram.

For adults, the dosages vary between 500 mg and 650 mg. But, for children, it comes in the form of syrups, drops and suppositories. “Especially in the pediatric population, caregivers need to be vigilant about drug dosage because different formulations have different concentrations of paracetamol. For example, 1 pediatric drop equals 100mg of paracetamol while in the syrup formulation, 5mil will equal 125mg. It should not be taken for any symptoms or without medical consultation,” adds Bhatia.

Compared to last year, Dolo-650 has almost reached 65% growth, which is huge and proves the increase in use, especially with a notion to relieve pain after Covid vaccination. “Prolonged use of such drugs has serious long-term adverse effects on the body, which may include loss of kidney function, irregular heartbeat, affects central nervous system, depletes platelet count, wheezing, etc. Side effects may include swelling of face, lips, throat, rash.Those taking blood thinners, history of kidney disease or heart disease should not take Dolo 650 without a doctor’s prescription says Dr. Vinay Agarwal, former national president of the Indian Medical Association.

Paracetamol is available under different brands, from Calpol to Dolo and Crocin. “Not only people who have liver problems should be careful when consuming the dose, but people who regularly consume alcohol should take lower doses,” says Dr. Ashutosh Shukla, Senior Director, Internal Medicine and medical adviser. , Max Hospital, Gurugram.