How much and how often should you take paracetamol?
Take the paracetamol tablets exactly as directed on the label or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Paracetamol 500mg tablets must not be given to children under 10 years of age.
Two 500 mg tablets orally every 4 to 6 hours
325 to 650 mg every 4 to 6 hours or 1000 mg every 6 to 8 hours.
An overdose of paracetamol can cause serious harm. The maximum amount of paracetamol for adults is 1 gram (1000 mg) per dose and 4 grams (4000 mg) every 24 hours. Taking more than this could cause damage to your liver. If you drink more than three alcoholic beverages a day, talk to your doctor before taking paracetamol and never use more than 2 grams (2000 mg) every 24 hours.
Stop using paracetamol and call your doctor if:
- You still have a fever after 3 days of use
- You still have pain after 7 days of use (or 5 days if treating a child)
- You develop a skin rash, ongoing headache, or any redness or swelling
- Your symptoms get worse or if you show new symptoms