Why paracetamol may be the new codeine

Overseas evidence shows misuse is rife

Now that codeine is no longer available over the counter, it may be pertinent to focus on paracetamol consumption, where international evidence reveals increasing patterns of overuse and misuse.


At least that’s the case in the US, where paracetamol overdoses occur mostly in cold and flu season, according to one study.

A second study looking at the French experience reveals a growing appetite for high-dose formulas.

The findings, published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, indicate patients are not