Author(s): Sheen CL, Dillon JF, Bateman DN, Simpson KJ, Macdonald TM
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Abstract Paracetamol has been used as an analgesic and antipyretic for many years, with toxicity first noted in the 1960s. Since then the incidence of poisoning has increased, and paracetamol is now the most common drug in self-poisoning, with a high rate of morbidity and mortality. The use, abuse and ways of reducing paracetamol toxicity are reviewed, but in view of the potential for harm, serious consideration should be given to changing the legal status of paracetamol, possibly to a prescription-only medicine.
This article was published in QJM
and referenced in Emergency Medicine: Open Access