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 855 209
Tension Headache 171 48
Headaches 141 51
Myofascial Pain Syndrome 91 24
Fibromyalgia 78 28
Sciatic Neuralgia 45 27

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 20
Moderate 19
Mild 39
None 315

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

Side effect Patients
Stomach pain 10
Upset stomach 7
Constipation 6
Elevated liver enzymes 6
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 61
500mg as needed 20
1,000 mg daily 16
1,000 mg twice daily 11
2 650mg as needed 11
1,300 mg daily 10
2 325mg as needed 8
3,000 mg daily 7
1,000 mg four times daily 7
325mg as needed 6

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Why patients stopped taking Acetaminophen (Paracetamol)

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 124
Other 67
Doctor's advice 57
Course of treatment ended 38
Side effects too severe 36
Personal research 16
Expense 8
Change in health plan coverage 3
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Duration

Currently taking Acetaminophen (Paracetamol)

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 20
2 - 5 years 63
5 - 10 years 77
10 years or more 96

Stopped taking Acetaminophen (Paracetamol)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 64
1 - 6 months 64
6 months - 1 year 40
1 - 2 years 30
2 - 5 years 35
5 - 10 years 26
10 years or more 32
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 214
Usually 85
Sometimes 75
Never taken as prescribed 19
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 11
Somewhat hard to take 16
A little hard to take 48
Not at all hard to take 318
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 6
$25-49 12
< $25 183
Not specified 192
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39 patient evaluations for Acetaminophen (Paracetamol)

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scorpio1975
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scorpio1975
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: All
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: Little
external_stress: All
Stickman: all
Description:F41y
FM:27y Dx
I am: vb
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Aug 22, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 1990)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Five times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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johannarothman
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johannarothman
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: none
Arms: none
Chest: none
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
PLS

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May 29, 2016 (Started Jan 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: I had no pain during sleep or during the day.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 7, 2016 (Started Jan 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: I started with 1000 mg 3x a day as a replacement for Naproxen. I now take 1000 mg 2x a day and my pain is under control. I don't know if I can decrease dosage in the winter.

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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

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Apr 25, 2016 (Started Apr 17, 1981)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Upset stomach)
  • 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

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