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PARACETAMOL 500MG CAPSULES
Active substance(s): PARACETAMOL
Patient Information Leaflet
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you
take this medicine because it contains
important information you need to know.
This medicine is available without prescription,
however, you still need to use this product
carefully to get the best results from it. Keep this
leaflet as you may need to read it again. Ask your
pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
1. What is this medicine and what is
it used for?
This medicine contains:
• paracetamol which is a pain reliever (analgesic)
and helps reduce your temperature when you
have a fever.
These capsules are for the relief of mild to
moderate pain including headache, migraine,
toothache, nerve pain, sore throat and period
pains. They are also for the symptomatic relief of
sprains and strains, rheumatic pains, sciatica,
lumbago, fibrositis, muscular aches and pains,
joint swelling and stiffness, flu, feverishness and
2. Is this medicine suitable for you?
Do not take this medicine if you:
• are allergic to paracetamol or any of the other
Please see your doctor or pharmacist before
taking this medicine if you:
• are pregnant or breastfeeding
• suffer from kidney or liver problems, including
alcoholic liver disease
• are alcohol dependent.
If you are taking any of the following
medicines please see your doctor:
• medicines to treat high cholesterol levels which
reduce the amount of fat in the blood such as
• medicines to control feeling sick or being sick
such as metoclopramide or domperidone
• carbamazepine, a medicine used to treat
epilepsy and bipolar disorder
• medicines called anti-coagulants, which are
used to thin the blood such as warfarin or other
coumarins - you may take occasional doses of
paracetamol but should consult your doctor if
you need to take it on a regular basis.
• Contains paracetamol.
• Do not take with any other paracetamolcontaining products.
3. How to take this medicine
Swallow the capsules whole with water. Do not chew.
Adults, the elderly and children over 12 years:
2 capsules every 4 hours as required. Do not take
more than 4 doses (8 capsules) in any 24 hour
period. Do not take more often than every 4 hours.
Do not give to children under 12 years.
Do not exceed the stated dose.
If your symptoms persist or worsen, you must see
a doctor or pharmacist.
Immediate medical advice should be sought
in the event of an overdose, even if you feel
well, because of the risk of delayed, serious
liver damage. Go to your nearest hospital
casualty department. Take your medicine and this
leaflet with you.
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4. Possible side effects
7. Who makes this medicine?
Most people do not have any side effects while
taking this medicine. However, if you experience
any of the following side effects, or anything else
unusual happens, stop taking the medicine
immediately, and see your doctor or pharmacist.
The Marketing Authorisation holder and
manufacturer is Wrafton Laboratories Limited,
Braunton, Devon, EX33 2DL, UK.
Text Revised: August 2011.
Rare side effects are:
• allergic reactions such as skin rash, cough,
wheezing and tightness of the chest.
More rarely, the following side effects can
• you may become more prone to bleeding,
bruising, fever and infections, such as sore
throat and ulcers, due to changes in your blood.
5. How to store your medicine
Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date
printed on the pack.
6. What is in this medicine?
Each blue / white capsule contains the active
ingredient: paracetamol 500 mg.
The other ingredients are: maize starch,
croscarmellose sodium, sodium laurilsulfate and
magnesium stearate. The capsule shell is made of
gelatin and contains the colours titanium dioxide
(E171), indigo carmine (E132) and erythrosine (E127).
This product is available in pack sizes of 16 and