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Paracetamol Suppositories 500mg
taking this medicine.

• If you have any further questions, please ask your doctor, nurse
or pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for your child. Do not pass it on
to others. It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same
as yours.

nurse or pharmacist.
1. What Paracetamol Suppositories are and what they are used for
2. Before you use Paracetamol Suppositories
3. How to use Paracetamol Suppositories
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Paracetamol Suppositories
6. Further information

1. What Paracetamol Suppositories are and what
they are used for
The active ingredient Paracetamol is a medicine with pain relieving
Paracetamol Suppositories are used:
• for the relief of mild to moderate pain
• for the relief of a high temperature (fever)
• if you are unable to take Paracetamol orally e.g. after an operation
or if you are feeling or being sick.

2. Before you use Paracetamol Suppositories
You or your child should not take Paracetamol Suppositories if:
• you or your child are allergic (hypersensitive) to Paracetamol or to
If this applies to you or your child please tell your doctor before taking
this medicine.
Take special care with Paracetamol Suppositories if:
• you or your child suffer from severe liver or kidney problems
• you or your child suffer from alcoholism
If your’s or your child’s symptoms persist you should consult your
Do not use Paracetamol Suppositories with other medicines that
contain Paracetamol.
Do not exceed the recommended dose.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you or your child are
taking, or have recently taken, any other medicine including
medicines obtained without prescription.
Please tell your doctor if you or your child are taking any of the
following medicines:
• medicines used to thin your blood (anticoagulants) e.g. warfarin
• medicines used to stop you feeling or being sick such as
metoclopramide and domperidone
• colestyramine, a medicine used to prevent coronary heart disease
and diarrhoea caused by certain disorders
If you have any doubts as to whether Paracetamol Suppositories are
suitable for you or your child please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding you should ask your doctor for
advice before taking Paracetamol Suppositories.
Driving and using machines
There are no known side effects of taking Paracetamol Suppositories on
driving or using machines.

3. How to use Paracetamol Suppositories
Always use Paracetamol Suppositories exactly as your doctor has told you.
You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
1. If your child needs to empty their bowels this should be done
before inserting the suppository.
2. Wash hands before opening individual packaging.

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If the suppository is too soft, it may be chilled in the refrigerator or
under cold running water before unwrapping
3. To remove a suppository, tear one from the strip
along the perforations then peel it from the plastic
wrapping by grasping the two halves of the
wrapping at the tip of the suppository and pulling
them gently apart. The tip should be moistened
with a little cold water to aid insertion

Peel back

Peel back

gently push the suppository into the rectum (back passage),
5. The suppository should be inserted as far as possible, pushing the
end of the suppository sideways to ensure contact with the wall of
the bowel.
How much to use
The usual dose for adults, elderly and children 12 - 18 years is 1
or 2 suppositories every 4 to 6 hours up to a maximum of 4
doses in 24 hours.
The dose should be based on age and weight i.e.12 years (39 kg)
– (500 mg) 1 suppository, adults and the elderly (1 g) 2 suppositories.
You must not exceed the stated dose.
If you use more Paracetamol Suppositories than you should
Immediate medical advice should be sought in the event of an
overdose, even if you or the child seems well, because of the risk of
delayed, serious liver damage.
If these suppositories are swallowed contact your doctor or nearest
casualty unit immediately taking the carton, any leftover
suppositories and this leaflet with you.

4. Possible Side Effects
Like all medicines Paracetamol Suppositories can cause side effects,
although not everybody gets them.
Side effects that may occur include:
• a skin rash
If any of these side effects gets serious, or you notice any other
side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or

5. How to Store Paracetamol Suppositories
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use Paracetamol Suppositories after the expiry date on the
carton label. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not store above 25°C.
Do not use if the strip containing the suppositories is damaged.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household
waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer
required. These measures will help to protect the environment.

6. Further Information
What Paracetamol Suppositories contain
The active ingredient is Paracetamol 500mg
The other ingredients are hard fat and Macrogol Ester
What Paracetamol Suppositories look like and contents of the
Paracetamol Suppositories are smooth, white suppositories supplied
in a plastic cavity in strips of 5. Each pack contains 10 suppositories.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer:
Ricesteele Manufacturing Limited,
Cookstown Industrial Estate,
Tallaght, Dublin 24
Product License Number: PL 01648/0013
This leaflet was last approved in: 10/2009


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