Paracetamol (Acetaminophen) is a pain reliever and is used to treat conditions such as headaches, muscle aches, arthritis, backaches, toothaches, colds and fevers. It relives pain in mild arthritis but has no effect on the underlying inflammation and swelling of the joints.
However, using the medication more often than recommended may be detrimental to health. An overdose of paracetamol can cause serious harm. The maximum amount of paracetamol for adults is 1g (1000 mg) per dose and 4g (4000 mg) per day. Consuming paracetamol over the advised amount could cause damage to the liver. For those who drink more than three alcoholic beverages a day, a doctor should be consulted before taking paracetamol and should never be used over 2g (2000 mg) per day.