When considering only their chemical makeup, there are six main classifications of drugs: alcohol, opioids, benzodiazepines, cannabinoids, barbiturates, and hallucinogens. Out of all the thousands of drugs that are out there, both prescription and illegal, each one can be categorized under one of these six headings… But for the today we would be looking at Paracetamol which is the most commonly abused drug
Paracetamol is the most common medicine taken in overdose. Paracetamol, also known as acetaminophen, is a medication used to treat fever and mild to moderate pain. At a standard dose, paracetamol only slightly decreases body temperature; it is inferior to ibuprofen in that respect, and the benefits of its use for fever are unclear.
Paracetamol contains 500mg of paracetamol. The other ingredients are, maize starch, potassium sorbate, purified talc, stearic acid, povidone, and soluble starch.
Side effects of Paracetamol
• An allergic reaction, which can cause a rash and swelling.
• Flushing, low blood pressure and a fast heartbeat – this can sometimes happen when paracetamol is given in hospital into a vein in your arm.
• Blood disorders, such as thrombocytopenia (low number of platelet cells) and leukopenia (low number of white blood cells)
• Liver and kidney damage, if you take too much (overdose) – this can be fatal in severe cases.