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  • Paracetamol
  • Premier Icon soobalias
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    Is it better to take two tablets every four hours, or one tablet every two hours.

    Assuming that total taken in 24hrs is not exceeded?

    Premier Icon captaincarbon
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    So you just want half the pain relief all the time or all the pain relief most of the time?

    Premier Icon Junkyard
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    the dosage on the package tells you take them every 4 hours with no more than X in 24 hours.
    I would follow that advice personally

    Premier Icon TandemJeremy
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    One every two hours to the same total dose as two every 4 hrs will give you a slightly more even effect but its pretty marginal

    Premier Icon soobalias
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    cheers TJ, im looking for that ‘slightly more even effect’

    Premier Icon totalshell
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    mrs tts is a pharmacist and i have her copy of BNF ( british national formulary.. a druggies bible..) in front of me..
    it states a dose size per period of 4 – 6 hours so clearly the intention is that you take the dose and dont repeat the drug for 4 – 6 hours not do half and half I’m confident looking at the detail that if it were more effective taking half the dosage twice as regularly it would say so and it does not.

    i can give detail on the rectal dosage if you’d like..

    Premier Icon paulosoxo
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    Calpol via NG tube is where it’s at 🙂

    Premier Icon maccruiskeen
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    i can give detail on the rectal dosage if you’d like..

    you could, but I think if I did it would be more amusing 🙂

    Premier Icon TandemJeremy
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    Totallshell – I have seen this done in hospitals and it makes no odds really assuming total dosage per 24 hrs is not exceeded. Its done when folk are getting breakthru pain before the next dose is due.

    to the OP you can also take ibuprofen at the same time as paracetamol.

    If in doubt get advice from a pharmacist

    Premier Icon FunkyDunc
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    “to the OP you can also take ibuprofen at the same time as paracetamol.”

    This you can alternate ibuprofen and paracetamol every 2 hours.

    If you die though, don’t blame me 🙂

    Premier Icon onehundredthidiot
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    Apparently you can triple team with aspirin as well.

    Premier Icon jonba
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    Should dosing be more accurately based on body weight?

    Also there will be some safety margin in there so you’d probably get away with taking more for a short period of time.

    I always figured that as the packets were sold in 16s you could easily take that amount in one go and not kill yourself.*

    *don’t do this!

    Premier Icon TandemJeremy
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    paracetomol is very toxic to the liver. lethal dosage is not fr above theraputic dosage and 16 at one go might well kill.

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    Not sure if you can take ibuprofen at the same time as aspirin because they are both NSAIDs…?

    Premier Icon colande
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    and u can also include codeine into the mix and make co codamol

    Premier Icon dr_death
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    Ahhh, paracetamol, codeine and brufen. The holy trinity of pain relief…..

    Take two paracetamol every 4 hours, take 400mg of brufen every 4 hours (four times a day, not three like it says on the box); alternate them so you are taking something every two hours. Codeine on top if you have been prescribed it.

    Don’t take aspirin and brufen as they are both NSAIDs and it will do nothing extra other than give you gut rot and if you’re lucky make you go deaf.

    (obviously this is what I would do and not advice I would give to someone I have never met over the internet without knowing why they wanted to take so many painkillers/their medical history, allergies, other meds etc)

    p.s. that’s free NHS advice. If the Godforsaken Tory Health Bill gets through you can just owe me the £50

    Premier Icon soobalias
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    wont mix with brufen as ive had a couple of heavy weeks on a much stronger NSAID which is no longer having the desired effect

    didnt know that about asprin tho, useful to know as i could do with its blood thinning properties for a different issue.

    Premier Icon fbk
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    I always figured that as the packets were sold in 16s you could easily take that amount in one go and not kill yourself

    That is quite possibly some of the scariest “logic” I’ve ever heard 😯

    and paracetomol is pretty horrible stuff when taken in excess so Never take more than prescribed/told to on the box! Ibuprofen/Codiene certainly help along side it though.

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    Are you self medicating or something?

    Premier Icon FunkyDunc
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    “I always figured that as the packets were sold in 16s you could easily take that amount in one go and not kill yourself.”

    You could always experiment and found out 😆

    You used to be able to buy them in 100’s but then they now restrict it to 32’s ? Not sure how that helps really, its only going to stop your very opportunistic suicider, the more thoughtful ones can just stock pile for the main event…

    Premier Icon soobalias
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    Are you self medicating or something?

    yes and no

    now torn between the words of TJ and Totalshell, but find it easier to remember every two hours….. so thats what i’ll do.

    Premier Icon maccruiskeen
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    I always figured that as the packets were sold in 16s you could easily take that amount in one go and not kill yourself

    The majority of people on the liver transplant waiting list were of a similar opinion, paracetamol is the commonest cause of liver failure 🙂

    Premier Icon TheFunkyMonkey
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    Why would you take the advice of a plumber over a doctor?

    Premier Icon martinhutch
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    You used to be able to buy them in 100’s but then they now restrict it to 32’s ? Not sure how that helps really, its only going to stop your very opportunistic suicider, the more thoughtful ones can just stock pile for the main event…

    I think the 16 rule is aimed more at the ‘accidental overdoser’ – the four every two hours kind of folk. It is more likely that these will end up with liver toxicity, rather than suiciders. Perhaps word has got around that paracetamol overdose is a bloody horrible way to go.

    Premier Icon DrP
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    By limiting the amount you can buy there has been a significant reduction in suicides from overdose.. A similar story to making gas safe too!

    Also, of you live near a tall, pretty bridge, you are more likely to use that to top yourself…..

    DrP

    Premier Icon paulosoxo
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    Why would you take the advice of a plumber over a doctor?
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    Depends on what your issue is I’d imagine.

    Premier Icon jonba
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    *don’t do this!

    🙄

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Once again Dr_Death and DrP speaks sense.

    Premier Icon qwerty
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    full fat pain relief

    as recommended by this pharmacist

    Premier Icon totalshell
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    mrs tts has added that its 4- 6 hourly as it knackers your liver or sommat if taken more frequently ( i wasnt listening) but she did say alternate with ibuprofen as mentioned above for that extra kicker..

    Premier Icon richmars
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    By limiting the amount you can buy there has been a significant reduction in suicides from overdose.

    But that stupid ‘law’ (is it a law?) doesn’t stop you. If I need 2 packets, I just go round the check-out twice.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    Slightly OT, but it drove me up the wall when I used to go and pick up my box of 500 cocodamol, but was only allowed to buy 32 paracetemol at the same time in case I od’d.

    Premier Icon elaineanne
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    Two every 4 hours…..but yeah paracetamol are generally good for keeping your tempetature down. I myself find that paradox are quite effective..also nurofen are good too-but if you suffer with asthma do not take nurofen or ibuprofen as they can make you wheeze…..

    Premier Icon elaineanne
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    Geeze spelling mistake. Panadol I meant to say…works well for me.

    Premier Icon pennine
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    I was going to ask my pharmacist wife but seeing that 2 doctors and Mrs TT have already commented I’ll just keep on lurking

    Premier Icon julianwilson
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    I read somewhere that paracetemol is sold in dissolvable sachets in France so that you have to drink a bucketload of water with it to have an overdose.

    Wise to keep track of your paracetemol use if you are really a bit distracted with the pain: a mate used to be a charge nurse in a&e and unbelievably they lost (as in ‘she died’!) a student nurse who was working long hours whilst battling headaches, she lost track of how many/how often over a few days and once she twigged, it was too late. As above, an extremely slow and painful way to die, nothing like the romantic ‘you fall asleep’ death that my patients come in expecting to have had. “You chuck up a bit, feel absolutely terrible, panic and phone an ambulance” is far more like the reality. And as above, you might know a dozen people less healthy than you who have survived overdoses of 16 and yet that dose kills you, or you may have survived a dozen such overdoses yourself and still die from the thirteenth one.

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