Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and paracetamol (Panadol) are the same medication. Both drugs are chemically the same: C8H9NO2. The drug is called acetaminophen in the United States and Japan, and paracetamol in Europe and most of the rest of the world.
- Acetaminophen and paracetamol are analgesics (pain relievers) used to temporarily relieve minor aches and pains due to
- They are also used to temporarily reduce fever.
What Are Side Effects of Acetaminophen and Paracetamol?
Side effects of acetaminophen and paracetamol include:
- Rash (may itch)
- Skin swelling (angioedema)
- Low levels of red blood cells, white blood cells, and/or platelets
- Shortness of breath
Serious side effects of acetaminophen and paracetamol include:
- Severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis)
- Liver toxicity/liver failure
- Toxic epidermal necrolysis
- Stevens-Johnson syndrome
- Gastrointestinal hemorrhage
- Laryngeal edema
- Kidney toxicity
- Low platelet count (thrombocytopenia)
- Low white blood cell count (leukopenia, neutropenia)
- Low red and white blood cell count and low platelet count (pancytopenia)
Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Safety
Acetaminophen and paracetamol may be acceptable for short-term use in all stages of pregnancy. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant before using acetaminophen or paracetamol.
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