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Quick summary

Type of medicine

Analgesic (Painkiller)



Active Ingredient


Effective within

30 minutes to 1 hour

Works by

Reducing pain and fever signals in the body

Side effects

Nausea, upset stomach, allergic reactions (rare)

Medication details


Paracetamol is a pain-relieving and fever-reducing medication that is widely used around the world. It is available over the counter and by prescription. Paracetamol works by blocking the production of certain chemical messengers in the body that cause pain and inflammation. It is safe and effective for treating mild to moderate pain, and headaches, and reducing fever. It is available in various forms including tablets, capsules, and liquid suspensions. When taken as directed, Paracetamol is a safe and effective option for managing pain and reducing fever.


For Adults and Children Over 16:
Paracetamol 500mg Capsules are designed to be swallowed whole with a glass of water. The recommended dosage is two capsules. It's important to allow at least a four-hour interval between doses and to refrain from exceeding more than four doses within a 24-hour period.
For Children Aged 10 to 15 Years:
When necessary, children in this age group can take one capsule every four to six hours. Just like with adults, the maximum daily dosage should not exceed four doses.
For Children Under 10:
Please note that Paracetamol 500mg Capsules are not suitable for children under the age of 10.


Each Paracetamol 500mg Capsule contains 500mg of paracetamol as its active ingredient. The capsules also include additional components such as maize starch and magnesium stearate, which aid in delivering the medication effectively. The capsule itself is composed of gelatin and sodium lauryl sulfate, and it is colored using titanium dioxide (E171), erythrosine (E127), yellow iron oxide (E172), and indigo carmine (E132). The ink used for labeling the capsules contains a mixture of shellac, dehydrated alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, butyl alcohol, propylene glycol, sodium hydroxide, povidone, and titanium dioxide.

Side Effects

While Paracetamol 500mg Capsules are generally well-tolerated, like any medication, they can lead to side effects in some individuals. Should you encounter any of the following symptoms, it is advised to discontinue use and seek medical attention:
Swelling of the extremities or face, potentially accompanied by difficulty swallowing or breathing.
Development of an itchy and lumpy rash (hives) or nettle rash (urticaria).
Rare instances of severe skin reactions.
It is important to promptly report any side effects to your healthcare provider, even if they are not specifically listed in the provided information. Additionally, if you experience prolonged or persistent side effects, consultation with a medical professional is recommended.


ndividuals with known allergies to paracetamol or any other ingredient in the capsules should avoid using this medication.
It is not appropriate to administer Paracetamol 500mg Capsules to children under 10 years of age.
Individuals with severe kidney or liver issues should consult a healthcare provider before using this medication.
Combining alcohol with Paracetamol 500mg Capsules can heighten the risk of adverse effects and should be avoided.
Pregnant or breastfeeding individuals should seek medical advice prior to use.

Medically reviewed and published

  • This page was medically reviewed by Dr Sohaib Imtiaz, Clinical Lead on Aug 24, 2023, 3:30 pm

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Can I take Paracetamol 500mg Capsules on an empty stomach?

Paracetamol 500mg Capsules can be taken with or without food. However, if you experience any stomach discomfort after taking the capsules on an empty stomach, consider taking them with a light meal or snack.

Is it safe to use Paracetamol 500mg Capsules while taking other medications?

While Paracetamol 500mg Capsules are generally well-tolerated, it's important to consult your healthcare provider if you are taking other medications. Some medications may interact with paracetamol, potentially affecting its effectiveness or leading to adverse effects.

Can I drive or operate machinery after taking Paracetamol 500mg Capsules?

Paracetamol is unlikely to impair your ability to drive or operate machinery. However, if you experience drowsiness or dizziness as a side effect, it's advisable to refrain from these activities until you feel fully alert.

Are there any long-term effects associated with regular use of Paracetamol 500mg Capsules?

When used as directed, Paracetamol 500mg Capsules are generally considered safe for short-term use. However, prolonged or frequent use without medical supervision may lead to potential adverse effects on the liver. It's important to follow recommended dosages and seek medical advice for extended use.

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