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Paracetamol has been in use as an analgesic for home medication for over 30 years and is accepted as a very effective treatment for the relief of pain and fever in adults and children. The following information on paracetamol is provided by the Paracetamol Information Centre. Paracetamol is also known as acetaminophen.

A variety of technical and other information follows in the sections below, but if more detailed scientific information is needed, particularly for study purposes, please consult: 'Paracetamol (acetaminophen) - A Critical Bibliographic Review; L F Prescott; 1996; Pub. Taylor & Francis Ltd. 1 Gunpowder Square, London, EC4A 3DE, United Kingdom.'

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PIC commentary on BMJ paper on long term effect of reduced pack sizes

PIC commentary on the FDA advisory committee working group report (WGR) on the use of paracetamol (acetaminophen) in the USA

Paracetamol in use

Features of paracetamol

Misconceptions about paracetamol safety in young children

Mechanism of action of paracetamol

Who can use paracetamol products?

Paracetamol products in the workplace (UK only)

Use of NSAIDs in pregnancy increases risk of miscarriage

Paracetamol and asthma

Paracetamol and asthma in children NEW

Heavy paracetamol use in late pregnancy and wheezing in children

Facts about paracetamol

Health writers' information on paracetamol

Patients with heart disease must use the right pain reliever

Aspirin therapy for preventing deep vein thrombosis blocked by ibuprofen pain relievers

Information for journalists reporting on paracetamol overdoses or on inquests involving paracetamol

Legislation restricting pack sizes of pain relievers has been successful in reducing overdoses

The origins of myths about paracetamol safety

History of paracetamol

Paracetamol dosage

Paracetamol in overdose

Paracetamol - metabolism, biochemistry of overdose and its treatment

Notes on paracetamol/methionine tablets

Paracetamol in paediatric suspension

Paracetamol manufacture review

The labelling of medicines containing paracetamol

New advances

Paracetamol chemistry

Paracetamol assay

Guidelines for the management of acute paracetamol overdosage

Paracetamol Information Centre

Specialised subjects of interest: useful abstracts

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