December 2, 2022

Taking paracetamol pills casually? Stop, it could trigger serious side effects

The toxicity of paracetamol has been of concern for several years now.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Although they are created to help recover from illness, using too much of them can lead to serious side effects.
  2. An over-the-counter medication as common as paracetamol could also have side effects if not used wisely.
  3. Whether it’s to drop body temperature or treat pain, don’t feel tempted to double the dose as experts warn of the risk of kidney and liver damage.
New Delhi: Too much of anything is bad – and medications are no different. Although they are created to help recover from illness, using too much of them can lead to serious side effects. An over-the-counter medication as common as paracetamol could also have side effects if not used wisely. Whether it’s to drop body temperature or treat pain, don’t feel tempted to double the dose as experts warn of the risk of kidney and liver damage.

How much paracetamol is safe for us?

Paracetamol is a favorite, common and inexpensive remedy for treating pain. Experts say the usual recommended dose for adults is one or two tables of 500mg paracetamol up to four times a day. Beyond that, according to the National Health Service of England, it can damage the kidneys or liver. In extreme cases, the results could be fatal.

Drug-induced liver injury is a serious clinical problem, which is why it is important to use medications wisely. According to recent research published in the journal Scientific Reports, the impact of paracetamol on liver cells in human and murine tissues has been evaluated.

The findings suggest that pain relief could have a detrimental effect on the liver as it impairs structural connections between adjacent cells in the organ. As a result, the structure of the liver tissue is damaged, the cells lose their ability to function properly and can then die. This form of damage is similar to that suffered by patients with hepatitis, cancer and cirrhosis.

The toxicity of paracetamol has been of concern for several years now. Experts say that this drug rarely has side effects if you stick to the right dosage. Still, if you are concerned about the possible results, try to consult a doctor before you start taking the pills.

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