Can you buy paracetamol over the counter?
Over-the-counter painkillers are painkillers that you can buy from a pharmacy or shop, without needing a prescription from your GP. These include paracetamol, ibuprofen, low-dose codeine and aspirin.
Because paracetamol is what Americans generically call acetaminophen --though it's more commonly known in AmE by the brand name Tylenol. Both names, paracetamol and acetaminophen, are based on the description of the chemical components in the drug--they both make mention of the acet part.
- A. Elsewhere in the world, the ingredient in Tylenol and many other pain relievers is called paracetamol. In the U.S. it's known as acetaminophen.
- Paracetamol, also known as acetaminophen or APAP, is a medicine used to treat pain and fever. It is typically used for mild to moderate pain relief. Paracetamol is generally safe at recommended doses. Serious skin rashes may rarely occur, and too high a dose can result in liver failure.
Paracetamol is not banned in the U.S. It is called acetaminophen and is sold over the counter. From Wikipedia: Acetaminophen is the name generally used in the United States, Japan, Canada, Venezuela, Colombia, and Iran; paracetamol is used in international venues.
- Medication in liquid form is allowed in carry-on bags in excess of 3.4 ounces in reasonable quantities for the flight. TSA does not require passengers to have medications in prescription bottles, but states have individual laws regarding the labeling of prescription medication with which passengers need to comply.
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- Controversy continues as to whether or not it is possible to have an addiction to paracetamol, a non-narcotic pain relief drug, also known as acetaminophen. Whilst a commonly used and effective pain reliever for everyday aches and pains, paracetamol is known to cause liver toxicity in high or prolonged doses.
Updated: 3rd December 2019