You’re not alone if you have some paracetamol tablets on standby in first aid kits, medicine cabinets, office drawers, handbags and backpacks in case of first signs of a flu, cold or headache. According to the World Health Organisation, almost half the world’s population experiences some form of headache each year. Most of us tend to rely on the proven standby of Paracetamol for fever and pain relief, only seeking medical assistance if the pain becomes too much to bear, or the fever does not come down.
Ever since its discovery in 1877, it has been extensively studied for safety and efficacy, making it safe and effective when used as directed. It’s the most commonly used medication for pain and fever in both the United States and Europe. It is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines, the most effective and safe medicines needed in a health system. But because of the affordability and easy availability of Paracetamol, some might have over-reliance and overuse the medicine.
To bring more awareness and education on safe usage of Paracetamol, Guardian launched the ‘Take Your Life Back’ campaign and at the same time launching the Guardian’s Fever and Pain Relief Tablet 500mg, a trusted and proven generic paracetamol solution that’s affordable, gentle on the stomach, and made in line with good manufacturing practices. So if you ever feel light to moderate pain linked to cold and flu, this could help.
This tablet contains a paracetamol formulation that is an analgesic and antipyretic agent which relieves fever, headache and muscular pain caused by cold and flu.It is the same as brand-name paracetamol in dosage, safety, effectiveness, strength, stability, and quality, as well as in the way it is taken and should be used.
Here are 5 simple steps from the Guardian ‘Take Your Life Back’ paracetamol education and awareness campaign to follow to use paracetamol safely.
Read the ‘Drug Facts’ information on any OTC or prescription label, then follow the direction.
Pay attention to:-
– How much paracetamol is in a single dose
– How many hours before you can take another dose
– How many doses are safe in a single day
– Dosage for children and for adults
Don’t take more than directed, even if your pain or fever isn’t better. Taking more puts you at risk for liver damage. A visit to a medical professional is recommended if the pain or fever persists.
Don’t take more than one medicine at the same time that contains paracetamol.
Don’t drink alcohol when taking medicines that contain paracetamol.
Always ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you have questions about dosing instructions or medicines that contain paracetamol.
The Guardian Fever & Pain Relief Tablets 500mg are available at all Guardian outlets nationwide, at RM3.10 for a blister pack strip of 10 tablets, RM8.90 for 30 tablets and RM26 for 100 tablets.