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Paracetamol oral suspension can be used for benign to moderate pain, to reduce the fever. It can be used to alleviate signs of colds, flu, headaches, toothache, sore throat, nerve ache, period pain and other basic aches and pains.
How effective is Paracetamol?
Paracetamol is a suitable analgesic (painkiller) for children, but can be given to adults for mild to moderate pain that does not require anti-inflammatory activity.
The body produces prostaglandins in response to injury and certain diseases. One of the actions of prostaglandins is to sensitise nerve endings, so that when that area is stimulated, it causes pain, presumably to prevent us from causing further harm to the area.
Paracetamol relieves pain by reducing the production of prostaglandins in the brain and spinal cord.
By reducing the nerve sensitising prostaglandins in the brain and spinal cord, it is thought that paracetamol may increase our pain threshold so that although the cause of the pain remains, we can feel it less.
Paracetamol reduces fever by affecting an area of the brain that regulates our body temperature (the hypothalamic heat-regulating center).
Paracetamol Oral Suspension 120mg/5ml is over the counter medication that does not require a prescription for purchase. However, you are welcome to book an appointment with a health expert at Click Pharmacy to discuss how best to use this product. It can be purchased online in 100ml or 200ml bottles and will be sent directly to you with the option of Next Day Delivery.
What dose should I choose?
Each 5ml teaspoon of Paracetamol Oral Suspension 120mg/5ml contains 120mg of paracetamol.
This is the designated dosage regimen for babies, infants, and children:
Age 2 months for relief of fever after vaccination 2.5ml every 4 hours and up to 4 times in 24 hours, starting at the time of the vaccination. However, if your baby still needs this medicine two days after receiving the vaccine, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Do not give to babies less than two months of age.
Age 3 to 11 months 2.5ml to 5ml every 4 hours and up to 4 times in 24 hours
Age 1 to 5 years 5ml to 10ml every 4 hours and up to 4 times in 24 hours
Age 6 to 12 years 10ml to 20ml every 4 hours and up to 4 times in 24 hours
Paracetamol Oral Suspension 120mg/5ml can also be given to adults who have difficulty swallowing tablets or capsules. Adults may take 20ml every 4 hours and up to 4 times in 24 hours.
How should I take Paracetamol Oral Suspension
This medicine contains 120mg of paracetamol for every 5ml spoonful.
Take this medicine by mouth only. Take with or after the food.
It is essential to shake the bottle for at least 10 seconds before use. Never take or give more medicine than is recommended in the instructions above. To measure the medicine, use the spoon supplied with the pack or another spoon designated explicitly for such dosages as provided by your pharmacist or doctor.
Do not take this medicine together with any other paracetamol containing product.
Do not take Paracetamol Oral Suspension 120mg/5ml if you are allergic to paracetamol or to any of the ingredients listed on the pack.
Please consult your local GP or online pharmacist before taking paracetamol if you have:
Liver problems, including those due to drinking too much alcohol.
You can take Paracetamol Oral Suspension 120mg/5ml as long as the pain or fever persists.
If you forget to take this medicine at the alocated time, take the next dose when needed. Do not take a double dose to make up for the forgotten dose.
How does Paracetamol Oral Suspension work?
By reducing the prostaglandins in the brain and spinal cord, it is thought that paracetamol may increase our pain threshold.
Paracetamol does not exhibit anti-inflammatory effects but can be used in children and adults when pain relief is required.
How long do I take Paracetamol Oral Suspension 120mg/5ml for before I notice a difference?
Depending on the condition you are suffering from or how severe your pain is, you may need to take paracetamol once to relieve your pain, or you may need to use on a long-term basis. You should consult a healthcare professional (pharmacist or doctor) before going further.
What are the side effects of Paracetamol Oral Suspension?
Like all medicines, paracetamol can cause some side effects, although not everybody gets them. If you have an allergic reaction to this medicine, you should see a doctor straight away.
Allergic reactions that may occur:
Skin rash, flaking skin, boils, sore lips and mouth, swelling of the face, fever. sudden wheezing, fluttering or tightness of the chest.
If you get any of the following side effects, stop taking this medicine and see your doctor as soon as possible:
Bruising more easily, sore throat or other signs of infection (these may be signs of a blood disorder)
Severe pain in the abdomen and back, with fever (high temperature), loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting (these may be signs of pancreas inflammation.)
In very rare cases of severe skin reactions have been reported
If paracetamol is taken for a long period of time, it may lead to liver and kidney problems but if the right amount is taken over a short period of time there should be no problems. Please speak to your doctor or consult our specialists at Click Pharmacy should you require any further advice.
When shouldn’t I take Paracetamol Oral Suspension 120mg/5ml?
Do not take Paracetamol:
If you are allergic to paracetamol or any of the other ingredients of this medicine.
An allergic reaction can include a rash, itching or shortness of breath.
If you have a liver disorder.
Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if any of these apply to you.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Paracetamol if you have:
Liver problems, including those due to drinking too much alcohol. (You may be more at risk of the side effects of paracetamol.)
Other medicines and Paracetamol:
You must not take any other medicines that contain paracetamol while you are taking this medicine.
Tell your doctor if you are taking any of these medicines:
barbiturates (sleeping tablets)
tricyclic antidepressants (such as amitriptyline)
colestyramine (used to treat high cholesterol)
warfarin (used to thin the blood and prevent clotting)
zidovudine (used in HIV infections and AIDS)
domperidone and metoclopramide (used to treat nausea and vomiting)
anticonvulsants (medicines used to treat epilepsy or fits)
oral contraceptives "the pill".
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
Pregnancy and Breast-feeding:
If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breast-feeding, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine.
If necessary Paracetamol can be used during pregnancy. You should use the lowest possible dose that reduces your pain and/or your fever and use it for the shortest time possible. Contact your doctor if the pain and/or fever are not reduced or if you need to take the medicine more often.
Driving and using machines:
This medicine should not affect your ability to drive or use machines.
Always read the patient information leaflet before starting your treatment. The patient information can be found here.
Content reviewed 06 April 2020, Last updated 06 April 2020
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