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5 things you MUST know about Paracetamol

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English: Panadol, used for reducing pain and fever. (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) Paracetamol or acetaminophen is most commonly used pain reliever used in the world. Right from our birth to our old age, paracetamol comes to our aid for relieving pain and reducing fever. The common usage of the drug is further promoted by the fact that it requires no prescription and can be brought at your nearest convenience store along with your groceries. So, before you put paracetamol on your next shopping list, here are a few things you must know. Paracetamol is commonly compared to drugs such as Ibuprofen and Aspirin which are called NSAIDs ( N on S teroidal A nti- I nflammatory D rug s ). However, a study has shown that paracetamol has little anti-inflammatory activity and is weaker than ibuprofen in relieving fever. Unlike aspirin though, paracetamol is not anti-thrombotic i.e. it does not stop clotting of blood, which is probably the reason why it is favored over aspirin. Paracetamol o