Paracetamol is one of the most commonly taken non-prescription drugs in the United Kingdom. It is available in many forms and is taken to provide mild pain relief from a variety of conditions and injuries. What happens though if you take too much paracetamol after suffering an injury?
How does paracetamol work?
Paracetamol works by blocking the production of prostaglandins, substances released by the body as a response to pain or injury. Prostaglandins perform a vital role in alerting us to injuries which would otherwise go undetected, but too many prostaglandins can cause extreme pain.
What are the effects of taking too much paracetamol after suffering an injury?
Paracetamol toxicity is the name given to the condition which occurs when too much paracetamol has been ingested. Initially this may manifest itself as drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, excessive sweating or abdominal pain. In prolonged or sustained overuse of paracetamol, liver and kidney failure may ensue.
How to know what dosage of paracetamol to take?
Before taking paracetamol, clearly read the instructions contained within the pack as to the recommended dosage. If you suffer from liver or kidney disease or are suffering from an alcohol dependency, it is best to consult your doctor or pharmacist as to whether it is advisable to take paracetamol at all.
Do other products contain paracetamol?
When taking paracetamol in conjunction with any other medication, it is essential to find out if other medication contains paracetamol. Paracetamol is used in a number of over-the-counter medications such as decongestants, which are used to relieve the symptoms of a blocked or runny nose. Taking other medication that contains paracetamol could result in an accidental overdose.
If your medication has caused you to have an accident, perhaps as the result of an accidental overdose or allergic reaction and you weren’t to blame, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to make a claim for compensation.
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Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown