When managing your or your family’s health, including pain management, always start with a conversation with your pharmacist or doctor and read your medicine instructions.
A side effect is a secondary, unwanted reaction to taking medicine. It may come as a surprise, but all medication has the potential to cause side effects - including well-tolerated painkillers like paracetamol.1
Painkillers can be an effective way to relieve many forms of discomfort – they can help us to feel better and carry on with our daily activities as usual. But in the same way that medicine has potential to help, we also need to be aware of the risks of harm, however mild or rare the side effects may be.
By learning the possible side effects of paracetamol and other medication you may be taking, you’ll know what to do if you get them. Keep reading to find out more about side effects and how they’re classified, as well as a deep dive into the effects of paracetamol and other common household painkillers.
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