Painkillers, paracetamol - Considerations 

Special considerations 

When taking paracetamol, do not exceed the maximum dosage stated on the packet or patient information leaflet.

And do not take paracetamol with other products that contain paracetamol.

Use with caution

Paracetamol should be used with caution in people who have:

  • liver problems
  • kidney problems
  • alcohol dependence

Paracetamol is usually safe to take orally for those with kidney problems. Ask your GP or pharmacist for more information.


Paracetamol has been used routinely through all stages of pregnancy to reduce a high temperature (fever) and relieve pain. There is no clear evidence that paracetamol has any harmful effects on the baby.

As with any medicine that is used during pregnancy, paracetamol should be taken at the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time.


Paracetamol is considered to be the best choice of pain relief for use when breastfeeding. The amount of paracetamol that is likely to pass into breast milk is too small to be harmful to the baby.

Page last reviewed: 25/06/2012

Next review due: 25/06/2014


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