Paracetamol is a chemical compound which is intended to be used for formulation of tablets. It is prescribed for treatment of mild pain & fever caused due to various health conditions. This compound has molecular formula C8H9NO2 with molar mass of 151.163 g/mol. It is considered to be perfect for people of all age groups with targeted mode of action. Gets metabolized in liver, Paracetamol shows bioavailability of 63 to 89% with up to 25% of protein binding ability.
- Excreted in urine
- Has elimination half-life of 1-4 hours
- Ideal for making both intravenous & oral drugs
Paracetamol is a commonly used medicine that can help treat pain and reduce a high temperature (fever).
It's typically used to relieve mild or moderate pain, such as headaches, toothache or sprains, and reduce fevers caused by illnesses such as colds and flu.
Paracetamol is often recommended as one of the first treatments for pain, as it's safe for most people to take and side effects are rare.
Types of paracetamol
You can buy most types of paracetamol from supermarkets or pharmacies. Some types are only available on prescription.
Paracetamol is available as:
- tablets or caplets
- liquidÃâ usually for children
- soluble tablets (tablets that dissolve in water to make a drink)
- suppositories (capsules inserted into the back passage)
- an injection given into vein normally only used in hospital
In some products, such as cold and flu remedies or certain combination painkillers, paracetamol is combined with other ingredients.
It may be sold under the name paracetamol, or under various brand names (which may also contain other ingredients).