PAGB response to paracetamol and liver damage study

Published on: 1 February 2017


Research, published in Scientific Reports by the University of Edinburgh, has suggested that overdosing on paracetamol can cause liver damage by harming the vital structural connections between adjacent cells in the organ.

John Smith, PAGB Chief Executive comments:

“It is important to note that the authors of this study highlight that paracetamol is considered safe at therapeutic doses, but emphasise the dangers of taking more than the recommended dosage and advise users to monitor their intake carefully.

“Paracetamol has been on the market for more than 50 years and is an appropriately safe and effective treatment for mild to moderate short-term pain relief, if used in accordance with the clear on-pack instructions and the patient information leaflet inside.

“We would advise anyone who is concerned about the use of paracetamol to speak to their pharmacist in the first instance. Pharmacists are highly trained healthcare professionals and can provide useful information and advice on over-the-counter painkillers.”

PAGB response to paracetamol and liver damage study