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Panadol

Generic Name: acetaminophen (oral/rectal)
Brands: Anacin-3 Maximum Strength, Childrens Tylenol, Tylenol, Tylenol Caplet, Tylenol Caplet Extra Strength, Tylenol Extended Release, Tylenol Extra Strength, Tylenol Gelcap Extra Strength, Tylenol Suspension


What is the most important information I should know about Panadol?

· Use Panadol for up to 3 days for fever or up to 10 days for pain (or up to 5 days to treat a child's pain). If the symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse, stop using Panadol and see a doctor.

· Avoid alcohol during treatment with Panadol. Together, alcohol and Panadol can be damaging to the liver.

· Be aware of the Panadol content of other over-the-counter and prescription products. Care should be taken to avoid taking more than the recommended amount of Panadol per dose or per day.

 

What is Panadol?

· Acetaminophen is a pain reliever and a fever reducer.

· Acetaminophen is used to treat many conditions such as headache, muscle aches, arthritis, backache, toothaches, colds, and fevers.

· Acetaminophen may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

 

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Panadol?

· Do not take Panadol without first talking to your doctor if you drink more than three alcoholic beverages per day or if you have had alcoholic liver disease. You may not be able to take Panadol, or you may require a lower dose or special monitoring.

· Before taking Panadol, tell your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease. You may not be able to take Panadol, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have either of these conditions.

· Acetaminophen is in the FDA pregnancy category B. This means that it is unlikely to be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not take Panadol without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.

· Acetaminophen passes into breast milk. It appears to be safe for use during breast-feeding but should be avoided if possible. Talk to your doctor before taking Panadol if you are breast-feeding a baby.

· If you are treating a child, read the package carefully and use a pediatric form of the medication if possible. Talk to a doctor first if the child is younger than 2 years of age.

 

How should I take Panadol?

 

· Take Panadol exactly as directed by your doctor or follow the instructions on the package. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

· Take each oral dose with a full glass of water.

· Acetaminophen can be taken with or without food.

· Wash your hands before and after using the rectal suppositories. Run the suppository under cold water or put it in the refrigerator for a few minutes before using it. Remove any wrapping from the suppository and moisten the suppository with cold water. Squat, stand, or lie down with one leg straight and the other bent, in a comfortable position that allows access to the rectal area. Use your finger, or the applicator if one is provided, to deposit the suppository as far as it will comfortably go into the rectum. Insert the narrow end first. Close your legs and lie still for a few minutes. If the applicator will be reused, take it apart and wash it with warm water and mild soap, then dry it completely. Avoid having a bowel movement for at least 1 hour after inserting the suppository.

· To ensure that you get a correct dose, measure the liquid forms of Panadol with a special dose-measuring spoon or cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist where you can get one. Shake the liquid well before measuring.

· Never take more Panadol than is directed. The maximum amounts for adults are 1 gram (1000 mg) per dose and 4 grams (4000 mg) per day. Taking more Panadol could be damaging to the liver. If you drink more than three alcoholic beverages per day, talk to your doctor before taking Panadol.

· Use Panadol for up to 3 days for fever or up to 10 days for pain (or up to 5 days to treat a child's pain). If the symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse, stop using Panadol and see a doctor.

· If you are treating a child, read the package carefully and use a pediatric form of the medication if possible. Talk to a doctor first if the child is younger than 2 years of age.

· Store Panadol at room temperature away from heat, moisture, and the reach of children. The rectal suppositories can be stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

 

What happens if I miss a dose?

· If you are taking Panadol on a regular schedule, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Wait the prescribed amount of time or as directed in the package labeling before taking another dose. Do not take a double dose.

· If you are taking Panadol on an as-needed basis, missing a dose is not usually a problem. Take the dose as soon as you remember, and do not take another dose for the amount of time prescribed or as directed in the package labeling.

 

What happens if I overdose?

· Seek emergency medical attention.

· Symptoms of an Panadol overdose include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, sweating, seizures, confusion, and an irregular heartbeat.

 

What should I avoid while taking Panadol?

· Avoid alcohol during treatment with Panadol. Together, alcohol and Panadol can be damaging to the liver.

· Be aware of the Panadol content of other over-the-counter and prescription products. Care should be taken to avoid taking more than the recommended amount of Panadol per dose or per day.

 

What are the possible side effects of Panadol?

· If you experience any of the following rare but serious side effects, stop taking Panadol and seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately:     ·an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives);     ·liver damage (yellowing of the skin or eyes, nausea, abdominal pain or discomfort, unusual bleeding or bruising, severe fatigue);     ·blood problems (easy or unusual bleeding or bruising).

· Other, less serious side effects are not known to occur.

· Side effects other than those listed here may occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

 

What other drugs will affect Panadol?

· Be aware of the Panadol content of other over-the-counter and prescription products. Care should be taken to avoid taking more than the recommended amount of Panadol per dose or per day.

· Acetaminophen may cause false urine glucose test results. Talk to your doctor if you have diabetes and you notice changes in your glucose levels while taking Panadol.

· Other medications may interact with Panadol. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including herbal products while taking Panadol.

 

Where can I get more information?

· Your pharmacist has additional information about Panadol written for health professionals that you may read.


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