Paracetamol is a pharmaceutical drug, which is used to treat a number of conditions including:
  • Mild pain
  • Fever
  • Strong pain (when combined with codeine)
  • Colds and flu (when combined with antihistamines and decongestants)
  • Some people misuse paracetamol by intentionally taking more than the recommended dose in a mistaken attempt to get high, or as an act of self-harm.
  • Paracetamol may also be known by its brand or trade names.

Paracetamol Overdose

Dangerous Signs

If the dose is too high or the recommended daily dose is exceeded, an ambulance should be called straight away by dialing 999 or 112:

Overdose symptoms, listed below, usually only occur 24 hours after taking the drug.

  • Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting
  • Liver problems
  • Seizures
  • Coma


Death from paracetamol overdose often takes a couple of days and is usually very painful.

How is it used?

Paracetamol is usually swallowed and comes in different forms including:

  • Tablets
  • Capsules
  • Suppositories
  • Soluble powders
  • Liquids

Side Effects of

There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries risk.

The effects of taking Paracetamol with other drugs including over-the-counter or prescribed medications can be unpredictable and dangerous.