For a headache, period pains or a fever, paracetamol works wonders for getting rid of aches and pains. Following the recommended dosage of course.

But despite being able to pick it up easily at a supermarket, one doctor has shared the implications of taking paracetamol regularly.

Speaking on Friday’s episode of ITV show This Morning, Dr Semiya Aziz shared the risks of the tablet.

She said: “Currently, we know paracetamol in the lowest effective dose over a short period of time – for headaches, for fevers – is absolutely fine.”

Despite this, she went on to discuss long-term problems and the side effects it can cause including breathlessness, anaemia, liver damage, kidney damage and tiredness. Let alone the fact that it could cause damage and turn the person’s lips and fingers blue.

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However, this wasn’t the only side effect the GP mentioned, she continued: “A recent study has come out with the fact that people who are taking paracetamol on a long-term basis regularly can have an increase in their blood pressure.

“We know that has been the case for people who have been on anti-inflammatories, for example, ibuprofen, aspirin, but paracetamol can cause an increase in blood pressure for those who are on it for longer periods of time.

“So what all the studies are suggesting is that, yes, you can have paracetamol for short periods of time but if you are on it long-term, go and speak to your health care professional and discuss it with them.

“Because high blood pressure can result in an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and strokes.”

So what is the recommended dosage?

According to the NHS, you can buy paracetamol in four types – tablets, capsules, syrup and powder.

They also come in different strengths:

 

Tablet – 500mg or 1g

Capsule – 500mg

Syrup to swallow – 120mg, 250mg or 500mg in 5ml

Powder that you add to water and drink

For adults, the typical dose is either 500mg or 1g. For kids, check the instructions on the label for how much to take.

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