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Used for: Fever, Pain relief
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What is Paracetamol for?

Paracetamol / Acetaminophen is one of the most commonly used medicines today for mild to moderate pain and fever. It works by reducing the pain messengers in the body. Paracetamol and Acetaminophen are different names for the same medicine. The name on the label depends on the preferred name in each country. For example, in Canada and the United States, the medicine is called acetaminophen, while in much of the rest of the world the medicine is called Paracetamol. You may encounter products in Hong Kong which use either name.

How to use it?

Paracetamol can be taken by mouth, rectally or by intravenous infusion. It is safe to use for both adults and children.

What are the side effects of Paracetamol?

Paracetamol has an excellent safety profile and it is rare to experience side effects from Paracetamol within the acceptable dosage range. If used above recommended doses, however, Paracetamol can cause liver toxicity.

Who should not take Paracetamol?

  • Anyone who has an allergy to Paracetamol or other components of the drug.
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Where to buy Paracetamol in Hong Kong?

Oral and rectal preparations are over-the-counter medicines. They can be purchased without a prescription from any retail outlet in Hong Kong. This includes grocery stores, convenience stores, medicine shops, and pharmacies. They can also be obtained from doctors. Intravenous infusion preparations are prescription only medicines, which require a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. 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 Paracetamol 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.

Available dosage
  • 120mg/5ml / 250mg/5ml (Oral Suspension)
  • 300mg / 500mg (Tablets)
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Non-Opioid Analgesics
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