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How Long Does Paracetamol Take to Work?

Andrew Bellingham

Andrew Bellingham

Pharmacist | 20+ Years | BPharm | Dip Clin Pharm

Paracetamol is a widely used painkiller and fever reducer that you can easily buy over-the-counter. It’s often the go-to medication for treating mild to moderate pain and comes in various forms like tablets, capsules, and syrups.

What Is It Used For?

Paracetamol is a really useful medication that can help relieve pain and reduce fever for lots of different reasons. It’s often used for headaches, muscle aches, toothaches, colds, and arthritis.

However, it’s important to remember that paracetamol won’t help with underlying issues like infections or inflammation. So, if you think there’s something more serious going on, it’s important to see a doctor.

How Long Does It Take to Work?

When it comes to relieving pain and fever, paracetamol is a medication that can work really quickly for most people. Usually, it takes around 30 minutes to 1 hour for paracetamol to start working after you take it.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that the time it takes for paracetamol to work can vary depending on factors such as your age, weight, and the severity of your symptoms. For example, if you’re elderly or have a higher body weight, it may take a bit longer for the medication to kick in.

It’s also important to follow the recommended dosage instructions carefully, as taking too much paracetamol can be dangerous. In general, it’s best to wait at least 4 hours between doses and not to take more than 4 doses in a 24-hour period.

Tips for Maximising the Effectiveness of Your Paracetamol

If you’re reading this and have already taken paracetamol, or are about to begin your treatment, read through this section to find out how you can maximise the effectiveness of your treatment and start feeling better sooner. 

  • Take it as soon as possible: The earlier you take paracetamol after the onset of pain or fever, the more effective it is likely to be. If you wait too long, the pain or fever may become more intense, and it may take longer for the medication to take effect.

  • Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of fluids can help to enhance the effectiveness of paracetamol by promoting better absorption into the body. It’s important to drink water or other fluids regularly, particularly if you are experiencing fever or other symptoms of illness.

  • Don’t mix with other medications: Paracetamol can interact with other medications, which may reduce its effectiveness or increase the risk of side effects. It’s important to check with a healthcare professional before taking paracetamol with other medications.

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