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To think paracetamol is just a placebo?

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User321321321321321 Sun 24-Sep-17 20:16:36

I have taken many over the course of my life, for a variety of different types of pain, mainly headache. However, I can't ever recall an occasion where paracetamol made the slightest bit of difference!!

Is it just a placebo!!?? A big con???

Or are some people simply not susceptible to it?


Gileswithachainsaw Sun 24-Sep-17 20:17:40

I kinda agree.

It's never really worked for me I just end up getting busy and "forgettig" about the pain...

Iruka Sun 24-Sep-17 20:18:11

It usually works for me, not for big stuff but for headaches etc

Elphame Sun 24-Sep-17 20:18:33

I'm not a believer in it either.

HaudYerWheeshtBawbag Sun 24-Sep-17 20:18:36

No, ds temp was 41 on admission to hospital, he got 7.5ml of Calpol and his temp went down to 38.8 with inbroufen it went to 37.8

PuppyMonkey Sun 24-Sep-17 20:19:19

It's never worked for me as a painkiller - I think it only really works when you have bad flu to keep your temperature down and make you feel more human.

KindergartenKop Sun 24-Sep-17 20:19:31

I did think that in labour when they told me I wasn't dilated enough to stay in hospital and have proper drugs. 2 paracetamol every 4 hrs doesn't really do much.

NerrSnerr Sun 24-Sep-17 20:19:38

It really helps bring my temperature down when feeling unwell.

SprogletsMum Sun 24-Sep-17 20:19:58

It definitely works for a temperature. I get a high temp and the shivers every time I'm ill. 2 paracetamol and I'm back to normal.

Battyoldbat Sun 24-Sep-17 20:20:03

It works for me but only on certain types of pain. I definitely notice a difference if I take painkillers for a headache say, but I have chronic joint pains and haven't found any painkillers make any difference when the pain is bad.

kali110 Sun 24-Sep-17 20:20:04

Yep, has never done anything for me. Used to get really annoyed when i was in agony to be told to take paracetamol and the pain would go.
The pain never went.

BamburyFuriou3 Sun 24-Sep-17 20:20:12

Works well for me but I need to take 2 not 1.

PlayOnWurtz Sun 24-Sep-17 20:20:17

As someone who takes it every 4 hours when you take it consistently it works well. Take it once in a while it does nothing so I can see why you feel like that

Tameagobairanois Sun 24-Sep-17 20:20:20

I agree. Nurofen or don't bother. When I have a bad cold and can't sleep I take two nurofen and a paracetomol and that helps me sleep. But if you have a headache or period pain, paracetomol is useless. USELESS

JenniferYellowHat1980 Sun 24-Sep-17 20:20:29

Paracetamol has a weird side effect on me, always has, so I do think it is active. I find ibuprofen crap.

Gottagetmoving Sun 24-Sep-17 20:21:06

I don't think it works for real pain, well, not for me. It helps slightly with a hangover or mild headache. I agree with you, I think it's more placebo.

Poshjock Sun 24-Sep-17 20:21:13

Paracetamol is a very effective pain reliever and it works at its best when taken regularly over the course of the day i.e. 2 every 4-6 hours. It is also very good when given IV and can deal with fairly significant pain (think ankle sprain etc).

NefretForth Sun 24-Sep-17 20:21:21

I read somewhere that it doesn't work for quite a high percentage of the population. It certainly does damn-all for me, and Calpol doesn't seem to do much for DD. Ibuprofen on the other hand is really effective for both of us.

MilkTwoSugarsThanks Sun 24-Sep-17 20:21:23

But placebos have been proven to work... even when the person taking it knows it’s a placebo.


WillowWeeping Sun 24-Sep-17 20:21:27

I actually think it's hugely underrated with severe pain - definitely takes the edge off and I can clearly remember counting down the thirty mins it takes to work and then the last thirty mins before I can take it again.

Also great for reducing temps in babies.

Caspiana Sun 24-Sep-17 20:21:45

I have never been so raging in my life as when I broke my arm and the triage in A and E gave me a paracetamol!! That said for headaches or period pain if I take two, it seems to help.

FannyWisdom Sun 24-Sep-17 20:22:19

Trust me, when you have had a five day migraine and vomited or shat out every drop of food/ drink/ medication, you feel the bag of IV paracetamol, every drop, as it starts to work.
I often think it's undervalued, I.e. just pop a couple of paracetamol.
When you need it you feel it.

KarateKitten Sun 24-Sep-17 20:22:26

I find it amazing. Especially with period cramps I can feel the it moment kicks in and gives me relief. I've spent years having to work while ill and it's been an absolute lifesaver.

Awwlookatmybabyspider Sun 24-Sep-17 20:23:04

We'll never really no, will we. Whether its mind over matter.
I'm on propranalol for severe panic disorder. They've helped a lot. But is it just mind over matter.

ShovellerDuck Sun 24-Sep-17 20:23:12

I heard that paracetamol is less effective in women than men. Drug trials are usually done on men (because women's hormones go up and down all the time) so doctors aren't aware that paracetamol is useless for women.

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