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Panadol

Last updated on 19/10/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Paracetamol / Acetaminophen

CHINESE NAME: 必理痛

DRUG CLASS: Analgesic, non-opioid; Antipyretic

SUB CLASS: Non-opioid Analgesics

USED FOR: Fever, pain relief

AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS:
– 500mg (tablets)
– 120mg (chewable tablets)
– 665mg (extended-release tablets)
– 125mg, 250mg (suppository)
– 120mg/5ml, 250mg/5ml (suspension)

What is Panadol for?

Panadol is one of the most common over-the-counter (OTC) products that is used to treat fever and mild pain. The main ingredient, Paracetamol, is thought to work by inhibiting a chemical in the brain that is responsible for pain signals. On the other hand, Paracetamol also reduces fever by affecting the chemical messengers in an area of the brain that regulates body temperature.

How to use it?

Panadol is available as conventional tablets, extended-release tablets, suspension and suppository. Panadol also comes with suspension and chewable tablets for infants and children.

Conventional tablets
Adults and children ≥12 years: take 1-2 tablets every 4-6 hours as needed. Do not exceed 8 tablets per day.

Extended-release tablets (for joint pain, e.g. osteoarthritis)
Adults and children ≥12 years: take 2 tablets every 6-8 hours as needed. Do not exceed 6 tablets per day.

Suspension
Infants and children ≥3 months: shake well before use, and take 10-15 mg/kg every 4 hours as needed. Do not give more than 4 doses in any 24 hour period. 

Chewable tablets
Children ≥2 years: take 10-15 mg/kg every 4 hours as needed. Do not give more than 4 doses in any 24 hour period.

What are the side effects of Panadol?

There are no common side effects of Panadol. However if you take more than 8 tablets a day, it may cause liver toxicity.

Who should not take Panadol?

People who are allergic to Paracetamol or any component of the formulation.

Pharmacist Tips:

– Take the minimum amount of Panadol you need to reduce your pain. However, do not take more than 8 tablets per day as it can cause liver toxicity.
– In the case of overdose, it requires immediate medical attention and referral to hospital is necessary.
– Do not use other products containing Paracetamol.

Common dosing schedule:
Panadol should be taken 1-2 tablets every 4-6 hours as needed. Do not exceed 8 tablets per day.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Panadol may interact with:
Warfarin
Isoniazid

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Panadol in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Panadol is an over-the-counter medicine and can be purchased without a prescription from any retail outlet in Hong Kong. This includes grocery stores, convenience stores, medicine shops, and pharmacies. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Panadol in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.