August 11, 2022

Possible side effects of paracetamol – and what to do if you get them


While knowing the warning signs for paracetamol side effects is helpful, the NHS has said that if you stick to the right dosage, these rarely happen.

Paracetamol can be taken as tablets, capsules, syrup, or as a soluble tablet.

Those who regularly grab the paracetamol box to ward off pain or ache should know what the warning signs of possible side effects look like.

From reducing fever to maintaining a hangover, the pain reliever can be taken in the form of tablets, capsules, syrup, or soluble tablets.

It is also an ingredient in many other types of drugs.

However, like any other medicine, paracetamol has a list of possible side effects.

These warning signs can be various, including anything you might notice when using the toilet.







Paracetamol ‘rarely’ causes side effects if you stick to the right dosage, says the NHS
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The NHS reports that paracetamol “rarely” causes side effects if you stick to the right dosage.

The usual recommended dose is one or two 500 milligram tablets taken up to four times in a 24 hour period, depending on the health care organization.

However, like any medicine, paracetamol also has possible side effects that some people may experience, reports The Express.

One side effect, which warrants medical help and discontinuing its use, is black pee, as reported by Drugs.com .

Black pee is associated with another side effect of the drug – jaundice.

Jaundice describes your skin and the whites of your eyes turning yellow.







The usual recommended dose is one or two 500 milligram tablets taken up to four times in a 24 hour period.
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The Patient.Info health portal explains that jaundice can occur due to paracetamol poisoning.

This can cause acute liver failure, which can turn the skin and eyes yellow.

Jaundice is triggered by high blood levels of the bile pigment called bilirubin in your body. This bile can make your pee dark.

In addition to dark urine, jaundice can also be detected when you poop, as it can stain the clay in your stool.

If you have symptoms of jaundice, you should get “urgent medical help,” the NHS warns.

Drugs.com also advises to stop taking paracetamol if you do.

However, jaundice and toilet signs are not common side effects of paracetamol.

For a full list of possible side effects, see the Patient Information Leaflet that comes with your medicine.

To avoid any unwanted problems caused by the drug, the NHS stresses the importance of sticking to the right dose.

Another “serious” side effect that can occur in some cases is an allergic reaction to the drug.

Warning signs to look out for include:

  • Rash which may include itching, redness, swelling, blistering, or peeling of the skin

  • wheezing

  • Tightness in the chest or throat

  • Difficulty breathing or speaking

  • Swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue or throat.

It is important to go to A&E or call 999 if you experience such symptoms.

Knowing the warning signs for paracetamol side effects can be helpful, but as the NHS explained, if you stick to the right dosage, these rarely happen.

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