Anadin Paracetamol Tablets is a widely used over-the-counter analgesic (pain reliever) and antipyretic (fever reducer).
It is commonly used for the relief of headaches, and other minor aches and pains, and is a major ingredient in numerous cold and flu remedies. In combination with opioid analgesics, paracetamol could be used also in the management of more severe pain (such as in advanced cancer).
While generally safe for use at recommended doses (1,000 mg per single dose and up to 4,000 mg per day for adults, acute overdoses of paracetamol can cause potentially fatal liver damage and, in rare individuals, a normal dose can do the same; the risk is heightened by alcohol consumption.
Paracetamol is part of the class of drugs known as "aniline analgesics"; it is the only such drug still in use today The words acetaminophen (used in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Iran, Colombia and other Latin American countries) and paracetamol (used elsewhere) both come from chemical names for the compound: para-acetylaminophenol and para-acetylaminophenol. In some contexts, it is simply abbreviated as APAP, for N-acetyl-para-aminophenol.