What is Acetaminophen (Paracetamol)?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

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Acetaminophen (also known as paracetamol) is one of the most commonly used analgesics (pain relievers) in Western medicine. Widely available either by itself or in cold and flu remedies, it is used to relieve aches and pains on an as-needed basis.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 845 198
Tension Headache 164 42
Headaches 142 52
Myofascial Pain Syndrome 88 22
Fibromyalgia 77 27
Sciatic Neuralgia 45 27

Show all 220 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 17
Moderate 19
Mild 39
None 299

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Acetaminophen (Paracetamol)

Side effect Patients
Stomach pain 10
Stomach upset 7
Elevated liver enzymes 6
Constipation 5
Liver Impairment 4
Liver problems possible 3

Show all 44 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Acetaminophen (Paracetamol)

Dosage Patients
2 500mg as needed 58
500mg as needed 22
1,000 mg daily 14
2 650mg as needed 13
1,000 mg twice daily 10
1,300 mg daily 9
2 325mg as needed 8
3,000 mg daily 6
1,000 mg four times daily 5
4,000 mg daily 5

See all 71 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Acetaminophen (Paracetamol)

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 121
Other 66
Doctor's advice 56
Course of treatment ended 35
Side effects too severe 34
Personal research 15
Expense 7
Change in health plan coverage 2
See all 285 patients who’ve stopped taking Acetaminophen (Paracetamol)

Duration

Currently taking Acetaminophen (Paracetamol)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 61
5 - 10 years 68
10 years or more 89

Stopped taking Acetaminophen (Paracetamol)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 63
1 - 6 months 63
6 months - 1 year 37
1 - 2 years 30
2 - 5 years 35
5 - 10 years 26
10 years or more 32
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 208
Usually 80
Sometimes 71
Never taken as prescribed 15
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 9
Somewhat hard to take 14
A little hard to take 46
Not at all hard to take 305
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 6
$25-49 11
< $25 172
Not specified 185
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38 patient evaluations for Acetaminophen (Paracetamol)

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Jude1016
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Jude1016
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: mild
Vision: moderate
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

See Jude1016's full Acetaminophen (Paracetamol) history

Apr 25, 2016 (Started Apr 17, 1981)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Stomach upset)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I use this med as a preventative .. to help keep the inflammation down in brain/spinal cord. Use with care and/or Dr. prescription/advice.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 14, 2014 (Started Apr 17, 1981)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3200 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
fabu007
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fabu007
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 58
Condition: Ankylosing Spondylitis 7 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: vb
I have:
Ankylosing Spondylitis

See fabu007's full Acetaminophen (Paracetamol) history

Apr 24, 2016 (Started Jan 17, 1974)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Cervical Spondylosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Liver Impairment)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 650 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: never take the stuff run from doctors who recommend the stuff
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
God's Worshipper
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God's Worshipper
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Low
59 M
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: n
I have:
Schizoaffective Disorder

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Feb 23, 2015 (Started Jan 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 650 mg Daily

  • 1 helpful mark
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