Who can take paracetamol?

Most people can take paracetamol safely, including:

  • pregnant women
  • breastfeeding women
  • children over 2 months of age – lower doses are recommended for young children

If you're not sure whether you can take paracetamol, check the leaflet that comes with it or ask your pharmacist or doctor for advice.

Always get advice before taking paracetamol if you:

  • have liver or kidney problems
  • have problems with alcohol, such as long-term alcohol misuse
  • are very underweight
  • are taking other medications

Don't take paracetamol if you've had an allergic reaction to it in the past.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 20 Feb 2018