Side Effects of Long Term Paracetamol or Panadol Use


Panadol officially known as Paracetamol is the most popular drug used in the world. Panadol is sold in three forms Panadol Plain, Panadol Extra and Panadol Rapid. Though there are some immediate health benefits of Panadol but its side effects are more than it benefits. Despite the fact that it is most popular drug around the globe but most of the people are unaware if its side effects. Here we will list down the side effects of Panadol and after reading this we expect you to avoid Panadol as much as possible. The following side effects are not experienced by everyone but a few.

  • Panadol is only dangerous when it is used frequently and for a long time. The organ that is damaged most by the intake of Panadol is liver. Its frequent use produces harmful chemicals in the liver which mix in the blood and circulate all over the body. These harmful chemicals produced are even capable of destroying the liver completely.
  • Panadol is also capable of affecting the kidney. However, the effect of Panadol on kidney is only caused by overdose of Panadol because Panadol is completely filtered from kidney but sometimes due to lack of water, it can leave its effects on the kidney.
  • People who suffer from high blood pressure are strongly advised to not use the Panadol.
  • People who are suffering from any kind of allergy shouldn’t use this medicine as it can cause nausea, upper stomach pain and itching.
  • People who are sensitive to caffeine should never consume Panadol Extra as each tablet of Panadol Extra contains 65mg of caffeine.

If you experience the listed below side effects after consuming the Panadol it is strongly recommended to consult your doctor.

  • Immediate or itching after half an hour after consuming the Panadol.
  • Pain in the lower back or in the spine.
  • Some people who take Panadol Extra for a headache can experience weakness, tiredness or sudden decrease in the amount of urine.
  • People who are suffering from insomnia are advised not to consume Panadol as it can lead to serious breathing problems.
  • Never take more than two tablets of Panadol Plain at one time or not more than one tablet of Panadol Extra. Overdose of Panadol can cause diarrhea, vomiting, weakness, nausea and stomach cramps.
  • People who consume Panadol frequently and feel that their urine is turning dark should consult the doctor immediately. Dark urine is a symptom of liver damage.

We are not denying the fact that Panadol has health benefits. As mentioned above that side effects of Panadol are only when it is consumed frequently. If you feel that you need to consume the Panadol regularly than consult the doctor and ask him to replace Panadol with any other medicine which doesn’t have side effects if used regularly.


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