Paracetamol is the most commonly used pain relief medicine in New Zealand and many countries around the world.
The evidence for all interventions for paracetamol overdose is weak.
For people who find it difficult to swallow tablets or capsules, paracetamol is also available as soluble tablets that dissolve in water to make a drink and as a syrup. In some products, such as cold and flu remedies or certain combination painkillers, paracetamol is combined with other ingredients. Wait until the next normal dose. If your child vomits less than 30 minutes after having a dose of paracetamol tablets or syrup, give them the same dose again.
Paracetamol should start to work within an hour and the effect usually lasts several hours.
Ask your doctor before use if you are taking the following medications:
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For very young children, paracetamol liquid is given using a measuring spoon or an oral syringe. Inflammation can be reduced with ibuprofen tablets and paracetamol can help to relieve any pain. Paracetamol may also be contained in painkillers which you may already have been prescribed by your doctor.