Choosing Generic vs Branded Paracetamol

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Generic medicines contain the same active ingredient and are equally effective and equivalent as the branded products but are available at a lower price. Generic manufacturers have to demonstrate that they are medically identical to the branded product before they can be sold - i.e. they offer the same quality, strength, stability and effectiveness.


Paracetamol 500mg

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To help address the national shortage, reduce the strain on community pharmacies and provide immediate help to those suffering from the symptoms of COVID-19, MedExpress is offering paracetamol for free (just pay shipping).


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Company Quantity Price Delivery Fee Total
MedExpress 40 Free £2.90 £2.90
Lloyds Pharmacy 32 £1.00 £3.95 £4.95
Pharmacy2U 16 £0.45 £3.95 £4.40
Simple Online Pharmacy 32 £2.99 £3.20 £6.19
UK Price Comparison. Comparison Date 02/04/2020

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Why are we giving away Paracetamol?

Paracetamol has become increasingly difficult to get hold of amid the COVID-19 outbreak, with pharmacies reporting difficulties in getting hold of the drug and little to no stock available in supermarkets due to high demand. Paracetamol is the first-line treatment recommended by the NHS for those who show symptoms of the virus while self-isolating at home.

To help address the national shortage, reduce the strain on community pharmacies and provide immediate help to those suffering from the symptoms of COVID-19, MedExpress’ registered online pharmacy is offering paracetamol for free until stocks run out*. The medicine will be delivered directly through the customers’ letterbox and help with the nation’s social distancing efforts. For patients in central London same day delivery can be arranged in as little as 30 minutes for an additional courier charge.

What is Paracetamol?

Paracetamol is used to relieve sore throat and fever, and aches and pains of cold and flu. It is also used to relieve mild to moderate pain for headaches, migraines, backache, muscle pain, toothache and period pain.

How to take Paracetamol?

It is important that you take paracetamol exactly as directed. If you are unsure, please contact your GP or Medexpress. Do not take more than 2 tablets at a time every four to six hours if needed. Do not take more than 8 tablets in 24 hours. Do not take anything else containing paracetamol while taking this medicine. Talk to a doctor immediately if you take too much of this medicine, even if you feel well.

For oral use only. Swallow the tablets with a drink of water.

Store paracetamol tablets in a dry place below 25 ℃, out of the reach and sight of children.

Paracetamol 500mg is not for use in children.

Will paracetamol help with symptoms of Covid-19?

One of the main symptoms of COVID-19 is a high temperature. The NHS has advised that paracetamol can be used to lower a high temperature caused by COVID-19. Remember, for the most up to date information, check the NHS website and gov.uk. If you cannot manage your symptoms at home use the 111 coronavirus service, or call 111 if you cannot get help online. For life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance.

Side effects

What are the side effects of Paracetamol?

Side effects of Paracetamol are rare and it is usually very well tolerated when taken as prescribed. Avoid alcohol while taking this medicine so as to reduce the risk of side effects. It is gentle on the stomach.

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Always read the patient information leaflet before commencing treatment. View patient information leaflet.

Authored 22 April 2014 by Dr Clare Morrison, Reviewed 02 April 2020 by Liyya Patel, Siobhan Titre Last updated 02 April 2020

Paracetamol FAQ

How often can I take paracetamol?

It is important that you take paracetamol 500mg tablets exactly as directed. If you are unsure, please contact your GP or MedExpress. Do not take more than 2 tablets at a time every four to six hours if needed. Do not take more than 8 tablets in 24 hours. Paracetamol is available in many forms and it is often combined with other ingredients. It is important to make sure you do not take anything else containing paracetamol while taking this medicine. Paracetamol 500mg is not for use in children.

How does paracetamol work?

The method of action of paracetamol is not fully understood but it is thought to be related to inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis. Prostaglandins are produced in response to injury or infection and cause pain and fever.

How do I take paracetamol?

It is important that you take paracetamol exactly as directed. If you are unsure, please contact your GP or MedExpress. Do not take more than 2 tablets at a time every four to six hours if needed. Do not take more than 8 tablets in 24 hours. Do not take anything else containing paracetamol while taking this medicine. Paracetamol 500mg is not for use in children.

How long does it take paracetamol to work?

Paracetamol can take up to an hour to work in some people.

Can I take paracetamol when pregnant?

If needed, paracetamol can be used during pregnancy however it should be used at the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time and at the lowest possible frequency. Please note, Medexpress does not provide treatment to those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you require paracetamol and are pregnant or breastfeeding, please contact your local pharmacy or GP.

Can I take paracetamol when breastfeeding?

Paracetamol is excreted in breast milk but not in a clinically significant amount. Available published data do not contraindicate breast feeding. Please note, Medexpress does not provide treatment to those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you require paracetamol and are pregnant or breastfeeding, please contact your local pharmacy or GP.

Can I take paracetamol and drink alcohol?

Avoid alcohol while taking this medicine so as to reduce the risk of side effects.

Why should I take paracetamol?

Paracetamol is used to treat mild to moderate pain, such as headache, toothache, colds, and period pain. It can also be used to help lower a high temperature.

What are the side effects of paracetamol?

Side effects of paracetamol are rare but can include a rash, blood disorders, and liver/ kidney damage when taken in high doses.

What should I do if I take too much paracetamol?

Talk to a doctor immediately if you take too much of this medicine, even if you feel well. Immediate treatment is essential in the management of paracetamol overdose. Despite a lack of significant early symptoms, urgently need immediate medical attention. Paracetamol is available in many forms and it is often combined with other ingredients. It is important to make sure you do not take anything else containing paracetamol while taking this medicine.

How much paracetamol can I buy?

Medexpress will supply a maximum of 100 paracetamol 500mg tablets per patient per month.

Will paracetamol help with symptoms of COVID-19?

One of the main symptoms of COVID-19 is a high temperature. The NHS has advised that paracetamol can be used to lower a high temperature caused by COVID-19. Remember, for the most up to date information, check the NHS website and gov.uk. If you cannot manage your symptoms at home use the 111 coronavirus service, or call 111 if you cannot get help online. For life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance.

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