Research: Paracetamol doesn’t work

05 Apr 2021 - Research

It is the most used pain medication in the world but a new study published in the Medical Journal of Australia has found paracetamol is little better than a dummy pill for most conditions. In Australia, sales of the over the-counter drug have soared more than 75 per cent since codeine became prescription only in 2018. But Australian researchers, who investigated its effectiveness in 44 painful conditions, have found there is only strong evidence it works in four of these conditions. There was high-quality evidence that paracetamol provided modest pain relief for people with knee or hip osteoarthritis and after a craniotomy. There was moderate evidence it helped tension-type headache and perineal pain soon after childbirth.

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