Paracetamol is a drug widely used in medicine, which belongs to the group of non-narcotic analgesics. Paracetamol is produced in different forms - from syrups to suppositories, which makes it convenient for use in all age groups.
Study the indications for the use of paracetamol. The main indications are various pains of mild and moderate severity: headache, toothache, pain during menstruation, burns and injuries, neuralgia, myalgia. Paracetamol is also used to lower body temperature for colds and viral diseases.
Choose the form of paracetamol that best suits your case. It is most convenient for babies to give medicine by candlelight. Candles will not induce vomiting if you feel unwell, they can be put to the child, even if he is asleep. For young children, sweet syrup is good. Adults usually prefer effervescent or regular tablets - they do not take up much space in the bag, do not melt or deteriorate.
Follow the directions in the instructions. The recommended dosage for adults and children over 15 years old is 500 mg, the maximum daily dose is 4 g. Children from 6 to 12 years old are given 250-500 mg at a time. Paracetamol is the only pain reliever and antipyretic agent that can be used by pregnant and lactating women.
For infants under one year old, calculate the dosage of the active ingredient according to the formula 10 mg / kg. Children from 3 months to 1 year old are given 60-120 mg at a time. The recommended dosage for children 1-5 years old is 120-250 mg. Paracetamol can be given to small children up to 4 times a day with an interval of at least 6 hours. The maximum daily dose is no more than 60 mg per kg of the child's body weight per day.
Stop taking paracetamol if you notice any side effects. The drug can cause nausea, abdominal pain, urticaria, less often with prolonged use - impaired liver and kidney function, anemia.
Keep in mind that the duration of treatment with paracetamol as an antipyretic agent should not be more than 3 days. As an analgesic, the drug can be used for up to 5 days. Consult a doctor if improvement does not occur - further treatment is possible only under the supervision of a therapist or a narrow specialist.