At what age can you buy paracetamol in the UK?

At what age can you buy paracetamol UK?

what are the restrictions of paracetamol sold in stores?

Paracetamol is a medicine cabinet staple frequently used to treat mild to moderate pain and lower fever. It is also found in various cold and flu treatments and in combination with other pain relievers and anti-sickness medications.

With flu season approaching, people in the United Kingdom may be stockpiling pain relievers and cold and flu remedies. Both coronavirus and influenza can cause aches and pains, headaches, high temperatures, and general malaise.

Pain relievers, such as paracetamol, can alleviate these symptoms, making colds and flu more manageable at home. Most supermarkets and pharmacies sell pain relievers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen. However, there are age and quantity limits on how many tablets you can purchase at once.

What Is Paracetamol, And How Is It Used?

In this article, we will discuss Paracetamol 500mg Tablets (called paracetamol throughout this leaflet), which is an analgesic (painkiller) medication that is used to treat pain (including headache, toothache, back, and period pain) as well as cold or flu symptoms.

What Should You Know Before Using Paracetamol?

If you are allergic to the active ingredient or other ingredients in your medicine, do not take paracetamol and notify your doctor. A rash and breathing difficulties are symptoms of an allergic reaction. Swelling in the legs, arms, face, throat, or tongue is a possible effect.


Children under ten should not be given Paracetamol 500mg Tablets. If any of the above apply to you, do not take paracetamol. Before taking paracetamol, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure.

Precautions And Warnings

Take extra precautions and consult your doctor before taking paracetamol if you have the following:

  • You have an alcohol-related liver problem.

  • If you are unsure whether any of the above apply to you, consult your doctor or pharmacist before using this medication.

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medications. This includes non-prescription medications, including herbal remedies. This is due to the fact that paracetamol can interfere with the way some other medications work. Other medications can also have an effect on how paracetamol works.

What Age Can You Buy Medicines in the UK?

what are age restricted products and do I need proof of age to buy paracetamol?

What are the legal restrictions for buying paracetamol in the UK?

According to the NHS, there are no legal restrictions on the purchase of medicines. But you may find that certain sellers (e.g. retail outlets) have their own rules and policies that may limit or prohibit the sale of medication to minors.

This applies to over-the-counter (OTC) medications that do not require a prescription, which can be purchased from certain in-person and online stores, such as Welzo where it can be purchased here. These OTC medicines, including paracetamol, are for daily pain relief and are usually suitable to treat colds, flu and other minor illnesses.


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