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

Show all 222 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 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 7

See all 73 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Acetaminophen (Paracetamol)

Multiple reasons could be selected

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
See all 290 patients who’ve stopped taking Acetaminophen (Paracetamol)

Duration

Currently taking Acetaminophen (Paracetamol)

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 20
2 - 5 years 64
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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Srs2388
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 28y
  • Duration: ? yrs
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Severe
  • Physical: Severe
2 seizures
1 week ago
I am: vb
I have:
Epilepsy

See Srs2388's full Acetaminophen (Paracetamol) history

Jan 14, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Tension Headache)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Myofascial Pain Syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Facet Joint Osteoarthritis)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Cervical Spondylosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2800 mg Four times daily
Advice & Tips: Don't take too much if 1,000mg isn't helping. If this dose doesn't help, 2,000mg or more. I took 2,400mg (Tylenol 4) still didn't get much relief. The tiny bit of relief was from the 480mg of codeine. NEVER TAKE THIS MUCH CODEINE! I have such a ridiculous tolerance for opioids that average pain medication does nothing with the normal dose. This amount can KILL some people. If it doesn't kill, you'll get very sick.

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examplemember
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 26
Condition: Tension Headache 1 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: None
I am: g
I have:
Tension Headache

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Jan 1, 2017 (Started Jun 30, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Tension Headache)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 325 mg Daily

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furyoshonen
Gender: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 0
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 0
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Moderate
36 M
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: g
I have:
Bipolar II

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Sep 6, 2016 (Started Jul 20, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for A recent event or problem in the couple or family)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: This works initially, especially with other co3 and co6 inhibitors. However, after a couple weeks or so, looses efficacy.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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