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Can you take paracetamol after the Covid vaccine? What about before?

Covid vaccines in the UK have been very successfully rolled out over the past six months, with the number of first doses administered each day now averaging at more than 170,000. This falls far below an average of 500,000 in mid-March but is on the rise again as vaccines are rolled out to younger age groups. An average of 16,000 second doses are now being given a day, with the delivery of second doses accelerated in response to the emergence of the Delta variant, first identified in India.

Can you take paracetamol after the Covid vaccine?

In short, yes, it’s fine to take paracetamol after the Covid vaccine if you’re having side effects.

Experiencing side effects after the jab is normal, and it shows the vaccine is teaching your body’s immune system how to protect itself from the disease.

Most symptoms are mild and short term and could include:

  • Painful, heavy feeling and tenderness in the arm where you had your vaccine
  • Headache or muscle ache
  • Joint pain
  • Chills
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Feeling tired
  • Fever (temperature above 37.8C).

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You could also experience flu-like symptoms with episodes of shivering and shaking for up to two days after the vaccine.

If you’re experiencing any side effects and feel uncomfortable, then it’s fine to take painkillers like paracetamol.

However, ensure you’re taking the paracetamol as is being directed on the packet’s label or included leaflet.

However, if you start to get any of these symptoms from around day four of being jabbed, then call NHS 111:

  • A severe headache, not relieved with painkillers or is getting worse
  • Headache that feels worse when lying down or bending over
  • Headache that’s unusual for you and is combined with blurred vision, feeling or being sick, problems speaking, weakness, drowsiness or seizures (fits)
  • A rash that looks like small bruises or bleeding under the skin
  • Shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling or persistent stomach pain

Professor Luke O’Neill, Chair of Biochemistry at Trinity College Dublin, told Euronews: “If you’re already on any medication at all, you should check with your local doctor as some people may be advised to keep taking antihistamines for rashes and other allergic reactions.

“But there is no reason to start taking painkillers ahead of the vaccine, just in case they might limit vaccine efficacy.”

Michael Mina, assistant professor of epidemiology at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, said that enabling your body to deal with the virus without painkillers helps it to build “immunological memory”.

Professor Mina advised reporters in February not to “use [painkillers] beforehand”, adding that recipients should also “try very hard not to” take painkillers after getting a jab – but again, if you’re having side effects there’s no reason to abstain from paracetamol.

Author: Myriam Toua
This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Health
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Paracetamol: Is it safe to take the painkiller following Covid vaccine? NHS issues advice

More than 32 million people in the UK have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine. The ramped-up effort to inoculate the population is unprecedented, which means many questions have arisen. Side effects of the coronavirus vaccines have been a hot topic, with many people wondering whether it is safe to take paracetamol to alleviate symptoms.

What are the common side effects?

Very common side effects in the first day or two include:

  • Having a painful, heavy feeling and tenderness in the arm where you had your injection
  • Feeling tired
  • Headache, aches and chills.

“You may also have flu-like symptoms with episodes of shivering and shaking for a day or two,” explains Public Health England (PHE).

However, according to the PHE, a high temperature could also indicate that you have COVID-19 or another infection.

“An uncommon side effect is swollen glands in the armpit or neck on the same side as the arm where you had the vaccine,” says the health body.

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It adds: “This can last for around 10 days, but if it lasts longer see your doctor.”

According to data collected on effects of the coronavirus vaccines, symptoms normally last less than a week.

If your symptoms seem to get worse or if you are concerned, call NHS 111.

You can also report suspected side effects of vaccines and medicines online through the Yellow Card scheme or by downloading the Yellow Card app.

The Yellow Card scheme is the system for recording adverse incidents with medicines and medical devices in the UK.

Am I eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine?

Everyone aged 45 and over can get the COVID-19 vaccine.

You can book appointments at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy now, or wait to be invited to go to a local NHS service.

People at high risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable), can also get the COVID-19 vaccine.

If you’re at high risk, you will have had a letter from the NHS saying you’re clinically extremely vulnerable.

If you’ve had this letter, you can book appointments at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy now, or wait to be invited to go to a local NHS service.

If you are not eligible yet, wait to be contacted. The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine.

It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.

This article originally appeared on Daily Express :: Health Feed
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Taking paracetamol can make chronic pain worse – Dr Philippa issues warning

Paracetamol is a common painkiller used to treat aches and pain. It can also be used to reduce a high temperature. People prone to chronic pain will naturally think to take paracetamol but Dr Philippa says to think again. Speaking on ITV’s This Morning on Monday, she explained painkillers could be potentially making your situation worse.
“There is a condition called paracetamol overuse headache where the paracetamol involved is the problem,” she warned.

Medication overuse headache is a type of headache that develops and gets worse with frequent use of any medication treatment for pain in people who have tension-type headache or migraine.

According to an article published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), medication overuse headache is a common disorder, affecting one to two percent of the population.

It is also difficult to treat, notes the article.


“Symptoms usually worsen after withdrawal of analgesia and may take a number of weeks to get better although some do not improve and many will relapse,” reports the BMJ.

In light of these facts, “prescribing long-term paracetamol to patients with co-existent headache disorders needs to be considered carefully and should be avoided in the treatment of headache disorders,” the BMJ article states.

It is worth noting that only people who are prone to headaches develop this syndrome, generally those with migraine or a family history of migraine.

“It is generally not seen in people taking painkillers for reasons other than headaches, such as arthritis or back pain,” explains The Migraine Trust.

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Is it safe to take paracetamol with other painkillers?

According to the NHS, it’s safe to take paracetamol with other types of painkiller that don’t contain paracetamol, such as ibuprofen, aspirin and codeine.

“Do not take paracetamol alongside other medicines that contain paracetamol,” warns the health body.

If you take two different medicines that contain paracetamol, there’s a risk of overdose, it explains.

“Before taking any other medicines, check the label to see whether they contain paracetamol.”

How do painkillers work?

Different painkillers work in different ways.

“Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and aspirin work by changing the way your body responds to pain and swelling,” explains Bupa.

According to the health body, mild opiate painkillers such as codeine work by blocking pain messages in your brain and spinal cord.

“Doctors aren’t sure exactly how paracetamol works, but it’s thought that it may block pain signals to your brain.”

Alternative ways to alleviate pain

There a range of methods for alleviating chronic pain that do not involve taking medication.

“Staying physically active, despite some pain, can play a helpful role for people with some of the more common pain conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, and fibromyalgia,” explains Harvard Health.

Losing weight can also aid pain relief.

Harvard Health explains: “Many painful health conditions are worsened by excess weight.”

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Is it safe to take paracetamol every day?

The low-cost painkiller can be bought at most supermarkets, pharmacies and convenience stores, and a fair few packs of paracetamol will only set you back a matter of pennies.
Paracetamol is used to treat aches and pain and can also be used to reduce a high temperature.

It’s available combined with other painkillers and anti-sickness medicines, which combines multiple different medicines.

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How long does paracetamol take to work and how much is a standard dose?

Paracetamol is usually taken in a tablet or capsule form, either one or two 500mg forms at a time.

The painkiller takes up to an hour to kick in, and shouldn’t be taken alongside other medicines which already contain paracetamol.

Paracetamol can be taken with or without food and pregnant women can still use it within moderation.

It is also sold under the names Disprol, Panadol and Medinol.

Is it safe to take paracetamol every day?

The usual dose for adults is one or two 500mg tablets up to four times in 24 hours and you should always leave at least four hours between doses.

This means an absolute maximum of eight 500mg tablets within a day.

Overdosing on paracetamol can cause serious side effects, meaning you should never be tempted to increase the dose or to take a double dose if you’re experiencing severe pain.

If you’re still sticking to the limits, but find yourself reaching for the paracetamol every day, you should contact your doctor.

Do not take paracetamol alongside other medicines that contain paracetamol. If you take two different medicines that contain paracetamol, there’s a risk of overdose.

Other medications and prescription medicines usually work with paracetamol, including antibiotics.

However, there are some exceptions and people with certain conditions should speak to their doctor if they currently take blood-thinner warfarin, as paracetamol can increase the risk of bleeding, if taken regularly.

Anyone on medication for epilepsy and tuberculosis should also seek advice.