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Asked by markza97 to Darren, Krystal, Upulie on 23 Jun 2011.
Keywords: medicine, pain relief, panadol, tablet
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The active ingredient in panadol is called paracetamol. This molecule acts as a painkiller to treat aches and pains, and can also reduce fever. There is usually half a gram of paracetamol in each tablet.
The rest of the tablet is made of up of “filler” which makes up the shape of the tablet, and also helps the body absorb all the paracetamol in the tablet quickly.
The active ingredient in the panadol tablet is a substance called paracetamol. It’s a type of drug called an analgesic, a painkiller, and it has the bonus property of being able to reduce fever (fever reducing drugs are called “anti-pyretics”). Paracetamol is used to treat headaches, pain and fever in the body. The whole tablet contains various stabilisers and fillers so that the tablet (or capsule!) is easy to swallow and dissolves quickly in your stomach.
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the active ingredient is called paracetamol (or acetominophen in Nth America), it is a powerful painkiller (analgesic) and anti-fever agent (anti-pyretic). It works in 2 ways: 1) by blocking an enzyme called cyclooxygenase and 2) by blocking the activation of a switch in your nerve cells that signals pain to your brain (called a cannabanoid receptor).
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