An over-the-counter medication, paracetamol remains the first preference for many for relieving headaches, fevers, and other mild health conditions. Now, when a drug is so widely used, it becomes imperative to know more about it. So, today we are going to bust some myths associated with Paracetamol and bring to light some hidden facts about it.
The most common myth surrounding the use of paracetamol is that it can be taken whenever you want, and as much as you want. But, doctors advise people to generally ignore the dosage instructions that come with the drug and tend to overdose it. Experts also suggest that paracetamol must be used in the right dose for it to work effectively.
Many myths associated with paracetamol exist on the internet. One of those treats was that once consumed, paracetamol stays in the body for 5 years. However, experts suggest that the drug leaves the patient’s system within 24 hours of ingestion. The effect of the drug also lasts only 4-6 hours.
Although an overdose of paracetamol can be harmful to your health, your body does not become dependent on the drug. Frequent use of paracetamol does not cause the body to develop resistance. But, some people can still develop a psychological dependence on the drug.
Fast facts about paracetamol
Paracetamol belongs to the class of analgesics used worldwide as a common pain reliever. Paracetamol is basically the brand name of the drug also known as Acetaminophen, Panadol or Tylenol. The drug saw its first clinical use in 1956 and has since been used around the world under various names.
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