Published Date : Feb 18, 2016
Paracetamol has been one of the most commonly used drugs in modern medicine. It has been used in the treatment of the most common ailments, including fever, cold, arthritis, and also major epidemics such as the swine flu. Consumers have shown a high rate of consumption of paracetamol as it provides almost instant relief from symptoms, is available everywhere as a generic drug, and is available as an over the counter drug in most countries. This includes the nations in North America, where the consumption of paracetamol has been the highest. But there are several reasons to reduce or even curtail this consumption, as research provides more and more proof of paracetamol being as harmful as it is helpful.
Excess Intake of Paracetamol
Most health experts have always warned patients against consuming too many drugs that contain paracetamol. The safe intake of paracetamol is at or under 350 mg three or five times per day, under a doctor’s prescriptive guidance. Anything beyond this leads to results as bad as toxicity, liver failure, or in the worst of cases, stroke and death. The problem is, since most paracetamol drugs are available over the counter, most people tend to self-prescribe them for nominal issues which can even be solved with a bit of rest. At the same time, paracetamol can even be dangerous to people who are suffering from liver disorders, or were born prematurely, or are chronic alcoholics.
Intake of Paracetamol During Pregnancies
In another research topic extensively covered by multiple medical research bodies, it is shown that pregnant women who take paracetamol may risk their newborns developing asthma. There have been multiple links between asthma in newborns and toddlers and their mothers who have consumed paracetamol before and even during pregnancy. The challenge comes when pregnant women suffer from pain, fever, or the flu. Although it is advised by doctors to consume paracetamol in these conditions, it could still lead to problems with their children. The study had additionally proved that these health conditions had no effect on the newborn if the mother did not take any paracetamol.