Unlike aspirin, paracetamol does not cause stomach irritation or bleeding and so is particularly useful as a painkiller for people who suffer from peptic ulcer or who cannot tolerate aspirin. Paracetamol may be used safely to treat children, for whom it is available as a syrup. Paracetamol does not have an anti-inflammatory effect (see inflammation), however, and so is less effective than aspirin as a treatment for injury to soft tissues such as muscles and ligaments.
Possible side-effects of using paracetamolTaken in normal doses, paracetamol may rarely cause nausea or a rash. An overdose of paracetamol may cause permanent damage to the liver and can be fatal.
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