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A medicine used to treat mild to moderate pain.

Last Modified: 09 May 2024

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What is Panadol?

Panadol is a common medication primarily used to relieve pain and reduce fever. It contains the active ingredient paracetamol, also known as acetaminophen. It may also contain other inactive ingredients that help in tablet formation and absorption. This drug is a staple in many medicine cabinets due to its effectiveness, safety and availability over the counter.

Panadol’s product range includes Panadol Advance, Panadol Cold and Flu, Panadol Extra etc.

Global Name

The generic name for Panadol is acetaminophen, known as paracetamol in many countries outside of the United States.

Other Brand names of paracetamol include:

  • Tylenol
  • Calpol
  • Feverall
  • Mapap
  • Actamin


What is Panadol used for?

Panadol is used to relieve mild to moderate pain from conditions like headaches, toothaches, menstrual cramps, and muscle aches. It's also effective at reducing fever associated with colds and flu.

How do you use Panadol?

Panadol is available in several forms including:

  • Tablets
  • Caplets
  • Chewable tablets
  • Liquid suspension
  • Suppositories
  • Injection (administered in a clinical setting)

Dosage information

  • Adults and children over 12 years: 500 mg to 1000 mg every 4 to 6 hours as needed, not exceeding 4,000 mg in 24 hours
  • Children: Dosage varies according to weight and age. Follow specific pediatric guidelines.


  • Children (with pediatric dosing)
  • Adults
  • Elderly (may require dosing adjustment)
  • It is generally considered safe during pregnancy and while breastfeeding when taken as directed.

Not suitable for:

  • People with severe liver or kidney disease
  • Those with a known allergy to paracetamol

Allergies and warnings:

  • Hypersensitivity to paracetamol
  • Caution in patients with liver or kidney impairment


  • Avoid alcohol
  • Do not exceed the recommended dosage

Interactions and contraindications:

  • Avoid using with other paracetamol-containing products
  • Caution when using certain medications such as warfarin

Side Effects

Side effects are rare but can include:

  • Allergic reactions such as rash or swelling
  • Nausea or stomach pain

Pharmacist Tips

Storage information:

  • Store at room temperature, away from heat and moisture

Handling instructions:

  • Keep the medication in its original packaging
  • Wash hands before and after handling the tablets


Where is Panadol available in Hong Kong?

Panadol is an over-the-counter (OTC) medication that can be sold without a prescription. It is found in all chain drug stores, including Mannings and Watsons in Hong Kong.


How quickly does Panadol work?

Pain relief usually begins within 30 minutes to an hour after taking Panadol.

How long does Panadol last?

Panadol, with its active ingredient paracetamol, generally provides pain relief and fever reduction for about 4 to 6 hours. It's important to adhere to the dosing instructions provided on the label or by a healthcare professional and not to exceed the maximum daily limit. If symptoms persist, consult a doctor for further advice.

Can I drink alcohol while taking Panadol?

Alcohol consumption should be limited as it can increase the risk of liver damage when combined with Panadol.

Can I take Panadol on an empty stomach?

Yes, Panadol can be taken with or without food.

This website provides content related to drug use and medicine for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Do not use the information on this website to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting a qualified healthcare provider. The website's owners and contributors are not liable for any repercussions, adverse effects, or consequences resulting from the use of any medication or information provided herein.

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