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Paracetamol 500mg Tablets

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We are currently out of stock of paracetamol in a pack size of 32. We are still able to source paracetamol in a pack size of 100, which is available to select on this page.

Due to the current exceptional demand, please do not contact customer services about stock availability as it may delay our ability replenish our stock in a timely manner. Any updates on stock will be published on this page.

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Paracetamol belongs to the analgesic family of medicines which is known to help relieve pains and aches such as headaches, migraines, fevers and colds and flu. By taking these tablets, you will experience the exact same results as you would with a branded product, such as Panadol, and you feel better when you realise you have spent far less!

Paracetamol tablets 500mg: Why pay for a brand name product when you can purchase medication that is every bit as effective for less? Reliable and convenient, these tablets relieve pain associated with headaches, toothaches, influenza or colds.

Paracetamol is a common over-the-counter analgesic (pain reliever) and antipyretic (fever reducer). When used in combination with NSAID's (aspirin and ibuprofen), and opioid analgesics (codeine), paracetamol can relieve more serious pain such as post-operative pain.

Paracetamol may be used for:

  • Headaches (Including migraines and tension headaches)
  • Nerve pain
  • Toothache
  • Backache
  • Period Pain
  • Rheumatic pain and muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • Relief from cold and flu symptoms
  • Reducing fever.
*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

Swallow the tablets with water. Take this medicine for as long as your doctor tells you to.

The recommended dose is in adults, including the elderly and children over 16 years, is 1 or 2 tablets every 4 to 6 hours as required, to a maximum of 8 tablets in 24 hours.

Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following side effects or notice any other effects not listed:

  • Allergic reactions - skin rash
  • Blood - changes in numbers and types of blood cells. If you have an increase in the number of nose bleeds, notice that you bruise more easily or have more infections, talk to your doctor.

Very rare cases of serious skin reactions have been reported

Do not take Paracetamol tablets if you are allergic to paracetamol or any of the other ingredients of this medicine.

Warnings and precautions

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Paracetamol tablets if you have:

  • suffered from alcoholism
  • severe kidney or liver disease.

Other important warnings:

Taking painkillers for headaches too often or for too long can make them worse.

Other medicines and Paracetamol tablets

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines, especially:

  • medicines to prevent blood clotting such as warfarin
  • metoclopramide or domperidone (to prevent sickness)
  • colestyramine (to treat high cholesterol levels). Do not take colestyramine within one hour before or after taking paracetamol
  • imatinib (used to treat leukaemia and some stomach tumours).

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine. If necessary, Paracetamol tablets can be used during pregnancy. You should use the lowest possible dose that reduces your pain and/ or your fever and use it for the shortest time possible. Contact your doctor if the pain and/ or fever are not reduced or if you need to take the medicine more often. You can take this medicine whilst breast-feeding.

If you take more Paracetamol tablets than you should:

Seek immediate medical advice in the event of an overdose, even if you feel well, because of the risk of delayed, serious liver damage. If you (or someone else) swallow a lot of tablets at the same time, or you think a child may have swallowed any, contact your nearest hospital casualty department or tell your doctor immediately. Symptoms of an overdose include feeling or being sick, loss of appetite, stomach pain or liver damage.

If you forget to take Paracetamol tablets:

Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember it and then take the next dose at the right time. If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.


UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 3 - 5 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 3 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email and in your account.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.


Royal Mail

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.



DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.


Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.


BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.


Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50


We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3


We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
PH30, 41 - 44


Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.


International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Paracetamol?

    Paracetamol is an analgesic (pain killer) and an antipyretic (temperature reducer). It relieves mild to moderate pain such as headaches, sprains, toothache and cold and flu symptoms and reduces fever. Paracetamol is sold under several brand names and is sometimes combined with other medications to form some well-known preparations, such as: Co-codamol: paracetamol and codeine and Co-dydramol: paracetamol and dihydrocodeine.

    Paracetamol is also commonly combined with decongestants in cold and flu remedies.

  • How does Paracetamol work?

    When the body experiences illness or injury it releases chemicals called prostaglandins which cause inflammation and pain. Paracetamol blocks the production of prostaglandins, which results in the body being less aware of pain or injury. Paracetamol also reduces fever by acting on the part of the brain that controls temperature.

  • Can children take Paracetamol?

    Children 3 months and older can take paracetamol. Children under that age should not take paracetamol unless advised by a GP. Give your child a paracetamol medicine formulated for their age groups as the amount of paracetamol contained in a child's preparation will differ from that of an adult.

  • Can I take Paracetamol if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Paracetamol has been used by women throughout their stages of pregnancies to reduce fevers and relieve pain. So far, no significant evidence has been found that showsparacetamol to be harmful during pregnancy.

    Paracetamol is considered the best option for pain relief during breastfeeding since only a small amount is passed through the milk and is unlikely to affect the baby.

    As with all medicines, consult your pharmacist or doctor before using paracetamol during pregnancy and breast feeding.

  • Should I be cautious when taking Paracetamol?

    Paracetamol should be used with caution if you have liver or kidney problems or if you have an alcohol dependence.

    Never exceed the recommended dose and never take paracetamol with other paracetamol-containing medicines.

  • Does Paracetamol have any side effects?

    Side effects with paracetamol are rare. In the unlikely event you experience symptoms, they may include:

    • A rash.
    • Liver/Kidney damage when taken in high doses.
    • Blood disorders.

    Paracetamol taken at the recommended dose should not affect your ability to drive or operate heavy machinery. Paracetamol can be taken with food and moderate amounts of alcohol.

  • Will paracetamol interfere with my other medications?

    Paracetamol doesn't interact with many medicines. However, it can be a problem for those who take blood thinning medications along with prolonged, regular doses of paracetamol. If you take any prescribed or bought medication and you are worried about taking paracetamol alongside it, contact your GP.

  • What if I miss a dose or take an extra dose?

    • If you missed a dose fewer than two hours before you're due to take another dose, take the missed dose and then wait 4 hours until you take your next dose.
    • If your missed dose is more than 2 hours late, ignore it and wait until your next dose is due.
    • Do not exceed 8 tablets in a 24hr period. If you feel that you have taken over the recommended dose or are feeling unwell after taking paracetamol, contact your GP or A&E immediately.

Authored By:

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William Obeng

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Published on: 10-01-2017

Last modified on: 10-01-2019

Reviewed By:

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Andy Boysan


Reviewed on: 10-01-2019

Next review date: 10-01-2021

Andy is a co-founder, the superintendent pharmacist and director at The Independent Pharmacy.

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