Paracetamol

And here we meet again! In this article, I have a little something about painkiller to tell all of you. It has become a part of our daily life that sometime we overlook the disadvantage of its. Now, let’s start with this article.

There always good side and bad side in everything, same with medicine. Though it has lots of benefit, it can give you serious effect too. Taking any medicine too much or incorrectly such as taking it for a consecutive time may result badly to your body. This also apply even with the medicine we most used to, took regularly and known as a household medicine as painkiller or paracetamol.

Paracetamol or Acetaminophen is a painkiller, which has no side effects of gastric irritation and blood clotting, unlike NSAIDs such as Aspirin, if use normally. That is probably why most people know no effect of it. In addition to that, it’s very easy to buy Paracetamol. It can be bought without any description from doctor which may be why the use of this medicine has been increased drastically. Whether it is headache, getting a fever, catch cold, toothache, or muscle pain, most of us would take Paracetamol without seeing doctor. Yet, many people do not know that taking this medicine consecutively for a long time may harm your body.

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Surveys in the United Kingdom and the United States found that the use of Paracetamol has increased drastically every year. The number of patients admitted to the hospital from the toxicity of this medicine is alarming. It is essential that the bad effect of this medicine must be acknowledged by the people. In addition, it has been found that Paracetamol actually has many bad effects to our body. The most obvious is it’s toxic to our liver, which might be one of the main reasons of liver failure. The rate of getting liver failure from Paracetamol is even higher than from alcohol or Hepatitis viruses. The mechanism of liver damaged by this medicine include two stages:

  1. It creates toxic metabolite namely ‘NAPQI’, which leads to the second stage.
  2. It uses up all the Glutathione causing the Glutathione in liver to decrease. If use consecutively for a long time or in excessive amount, it will increase the toxin levels in our body resulting in the most severe way to our liver.

The correct instruction in using Paracetamol is to use 10 mg of the medicine per 1 kg of body weight. For example: if you weighted 50 kg, you must take 500 mg of the medicine meaning only 1 tablet. You should stop taking the medicine immediately when there’s no more symptom or the symptom doesn’t get better after taking the medicine for 3 – 4 days already. In this case, we would recommend you to see doctor instead.

However, no matter what medicine it is, taking medicine should be your last solution. The best solution to prevent yourself from getting sick is to take care of your health. Nevertheless, if taking medicine is unavoidable, the best thing you can do for your body is to take the medicine accordingly to the instruction.

Last but not least, if you have any issue that you question or interested in, please kindly tell us at info.healthlab@gmail.com or come meet us at Healthlab Medical Laboratory, the blue building right next to the PTT Gas Station-Modern Hua Hin. Good bye and see you again next article.

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