Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
n. 1 (context British pharmaceutical drug uncountable English) An NSAID used to treat mild pain. 2 (context British pharmaceutical drug countable English) A ''paracetamol'' tablet.
Paracetamol, also known as acetaminophen or APAP, is a medication used to treat pain and fever. It is typically used for mild to moderate pain. There is poor evidence for fever relief in children. It is often sold in combination with other ingredients such as in many cold medications. In combination with opioid pain medication, paracetamol is used for more severe pain such as cancer pain and after surgery. It is typically used either by mouth or rectally but is also available intravenously. Effects last between two and four hours.
Paracetamol is generally safe at recommended doses. Serious skin rashes may rarely occur, and too high a dose can result in liver failure. It appears to be safe during pregnancy and when breastfeeding. In those with liver disease, it may still be used, but lower doses should be taken. Paracetamol is classified as a mild analgesic. It does not have significant anti-inflammatory activity and how it works is not entirely clear.
Paracetamol was discovered in 1877. It is the most commonly used medication for pain and fever in both the United States and Europe. It is on the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines, the most important medications needed in a basic health system. Paracetamol is available as a generic medication with trade names including Tylenol and Panadol among others. The wholesale price in the developing world is less than 0.01 USD per dose. In the United States it costs about 0.04 USD per dose.
Usage examples of "paracetamol".
But just some paracetamol or aspirin, not those industrial-strength ones the hospital gave me.
The pain had subsided to a gentle throb, the ache dulled by the paracetamol Lindsay was still swallowing at four-hourly intervals.
Was the paracetamol playing tricks on her mind, making a moment feel more magical than it really was?
Penhaligon thought, and remembered her father, his skin turning slowly yellow with the Paracetamol poisoning that had killed him, and the skin of his face drawn tight over the bone with pain.
However, she did make an excuse to run up to the bedroom where she took a couple of paracetamol tablets and bathed her head with cold water.
Just my luck to draw the one bird in the world without a ton of paracetamol in her handbag.
Alone in the house, I took 80 paracetamol tablets washed down by three pints of milk.
Mrs Flawse took to bringing him his early-morning cup of tea in bed having first laced it with powdered paracetamol tablets which she had once read affected the kidneys adversely.
I had a couple of paracetamol in my hand and I broke them in half and swallowed them quickly with my coffee.
My headache was fading under the influence of the paracetamol, so I took a pad of paper and began to make notes about each of the clients I was due to see that week.
An empty bottle of paracetamol tablets lay on its side on the bedside table.
I gave him two paracetamol and a cup of corner-store Chardonnay to wash them down with.
Back at her own desk, Stacey dry-swallowed two paracetamol caplets and scrunched her face into an expression of concentration.
They wrapped his hand in a bandage and told him to take paracetamol every four hours.
Picturing her now covered in bruises, I added bottles of ibuprofen and paracetamol to my trolley.