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Paracetamol is a Multi Purpose Medicine

Dec 18, 2007
Paracetamol is one of the most commonly used drugs for a variety of illness and discomforts. Available both over the counter and in part of prescription medications, paracetamol is sold the world over under various different brands, and is celebrated as a particularly effective and versatile drug. However, the simple paracetamol that is sold so widely isn't necessarily harmless, and overdose can lead to drastic consequences. In this article we will look at the effectiveness of paracetamol, why it works like it does, and indeed why it can be so damaging to the internal organs.

Paracetamol can be used to treat minor fever and pains, and is relatively effective at providing a degree of relief. Despite the fact that the drug has been used as a treatment for nearly a century, many of its properties are still unknown, and its mechanism still isn't entirely clear. Studies have shown that paracetamol works by indirectly hampering the production and activity of cells known as prostaglandins in the brain which are involved in creating pain and discomfort. However, it still remains somewhat vague as to how exactly the drug functions within the body.

However paracetamol works, it is known that it definitely has the effect of reducing painful sensations, and cooling fevers. For this reason, it has become one of the most widely used medications in the world, and is used in the treatment of a manner of different ailments.

Paracetamol, as well as being particularly effective at reducing pain and the symptoms of cold and flu, is also potential toxic, and very harmful to vital organs. In fact, the toxic dose of paracetamol is not much greater than the medical dose, so it is important to stick rigidly to allowances within the specified time period. Without effective treatment, an overdose of paractemol can irreparably damage the liver, and even result in liver failure, and even potentially death. It should be remembered at all times that whilst useful, paracetamol is also a very dangerous drug, and requires very little to reach overdose.

Paracetamol as a drug has been around for almost a hundred years, and it continues to this day to provide relief to minor aches and pains and flu like symptoms. On top of that, it is the subject of ongoing research work to discover exactly how it works in fighting pain. It should always be considered that whilst an effective form of pain relief, paracetamol can also be deadly, and hence it is essential to follow the guidelines or instructions which are supplied with the medication for safe consumption.
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