What is Panadol?
Panadol tablets contain the active ingredient paracetamol, which is the oldest and most widely used painkilling medicine in the world. Panadol relieves pain and fever. Panadol is a first choice painkilling medicine because its active ingredient has few side effects and is safe for use by most people, including children and pregnant women. Panadol is available without prescription.
What is Panadol used for?
Panadol relieves mild to moderate pain from varying causes, including:
- Pain and/or fever from the flu or cold (sore throat, earache, headache);
- Pain from injections;
- Back pain, gout;
- Muscle and rheumatic pain;
- Menstrual pain.
Panadol is a fast-acting painkiller: it takes about half an hour to become effective and generally provides six hours of relief.
How to use Panadol
Panadol is available in suppository form and as smooth, capsule-shaped tablets. The tablets should be swallowed whole, without chewing, with plenty of liquid. The suppositories are for anal use. There are suppositories with lower strength for children. See the package leaflet for instructions on how to insert the suppositories.
Panadol is available in the following strengths: 125 mg, 250 mg, 500 mg and 1000 mg. The general recommended dose is:
- Adults and children aged 15 and above: 500 to 1000 mg, once to three times a day;
- Children aged 12 to 15: 500 mg four to six times a day.
- Children aged 9 to 12: 500 mg three to four times a day.
Leave at least four hours between doses.
Children under the age of nine should be given a lower dose, for example 125 mg or 250 mg. Consult your doctor for more information. Always follow the recommended dosage and read the package leaflet closely before use.
Panadol contains paracetamol, a painkilling medicine that is generally well tolerated with few to no side effects. In rare cases, Panadol may cause:
- Allergic reactions such as skin rash or red bumps (hives);
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe or bothersome. See the package leaflet for more information on possible side effects.
When not to use Panadol
Panadol should not be used if:
- you are hypersensitive for the active ingredient paracetamol or any other ingredient in this medicine.
Panadol should be used with caution if your alcohol consumption is excessive or if you have a liver or kidney condition. See the package leaflet for more information about contraindications and warnings.
Panadol is safe to use by pregnant and nursing mothers, provided the maximum recommended dose is not exceeded. Consult your doctor if you plan on taking this painkiller for an extended period of time.
It is advisable to reduce or stop alcohol consumption while taking Panadol. If you alcohol intake is excessive, do not take more than 2000 mg of Panadol per day.