What do they call paracetamol in the US?
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.
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.
- India bans 350 combination drugs on safety grounds. The Indian government has banned around 344 fixed dosed combination drugs, including Pfizer's cough syrup Corex, Procter & Gamble's Vicks Action 500 Extra and Crocin Cold and Flu, this week citing their potential risks.
- Vicks Vaporub widely used in India to get instant relief from cough, cold and congestion is banned in many European and North American countries. According to reports, an ingredient found in Vicks has serious and dangerous side effects. But, irrespective of all these harmful effects, it is not banned in India.
- Perhaps your mom left on a trip and forgot her medicine, or you want to send some of your prescriptions to a different address when you travel. However, mailing prescription drugs is illegal except in a few certain situations. Mailing prescriptions is only allowed by entities that are registered with the DEA.
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.
- Anti-inflammatory analgesics such as Ibuprofen are the best for toothache as the pain is usually caused by swelling. If you can't take them – if you are allergic to aspirin, for example - then paracetamol is the next best thing.
- 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.
- The usual dose for adults is one or two 500mg tablets up to 4 times in 24 hours. Always leave at least 4 hours between doses. Overdosing on paracetamol can cause serious side effects.
Updated: 3rd December 2019