Are Acetaminophen and Paracetamol the Same?

Reviewed on 2/11/2022

Baby receiving a suspension liquid pain reliever
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and paracetamol (Panadol) are the same pain-relieving medication. In the U.S. and Japan, it is called acetaminophen and paracetamol in Europe and most of the rest of the world.

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. 

What Are Side Effects of Acetaminophen and Paracetamol?

Side effects of acetaminophen and paracetamol include:

  • Dizziness
  • Rash (may itch)
  • Hives
  • Skin swelling (angioedema)
  • Disorientation
  • Low levels of red blood cells, white blood cells, and/or platelets
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough

Serious side effects of acetaminophen and paracetamol include:

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.

Acetaminophen and paracetamol pass into breast milk but are considered compatible with breastfeeding. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding. 

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Reviewed on 2/11/2022
References
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https://reference.medscape.com/drug/tylenol-acetaminophen-343346

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=1622f694-4d63-4c56-8737-fae31f0ecfb7

https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/molecule-of-the-week/archive/a/acetaminophen.html

https://www.megforit.com/paracetamol-acetaminophen-tylenol-whats-the-difference/