What are the side effects of paracetamol?

Like all medicines, paracetamol can cause side effects. However, side effects with paracetamol are rare when it’s taken correctly.

Only take paracetamol at the doses and times recommended by your doctor or pharmacist or follow the instructions on the medicine label.

Paracetamol can cause liver damage if you take larger doses than recommended. Adults must not take more than 4000 mg in a 24-hour period.

Who can I ask about side effects?

If you’re concerned that you or someone in your care may have had side effects related to a medicine, seek medical advice. People with questions about their medicines or seeking general information about side effects can also call the NPS Medicines Line on 1300 633 424 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm AEST). Your call will be answered by healthdirect Australia (except Queensland and Victoria).

To report possible side effects call the Adverse Medicine Events (AME) line on 1300 134 237 from anywhere in Australia (Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm AEST).