para·​cet·​a·​mol | \ ˌper-ə-ˈsē-tə-ˌmȯl How to pronounce paracetamol (audio) , ˌpa-rə-\

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Ebola symptoms are also similar to common killers like malaria and typhoid, so those afraid of going to a treatment center often try to self-medicate at home with paracetamol to reduce fever. Washington Post, "Too many in Congo’s Ebola outbreak are dying at home," 26 July 2019 Doctors initially told her the pain was caused by stress and her hormones and sent her away with paracetamol. Mark Cardwell | Swns, Fox News, "Woman claims doctors dismissed brain tumor symptoms as stress," 10 July 2018 Deaths from overdoses of paracetamol (the active ingredient in Tylenol) dropped by 44% in 11 years. The Economist, "Suicide is born of despair. Suicide prevention is far from hopeless," 14 June 2018 Acetaminophen, also known as paracetamol, is the active ingredient in Tylenol and hundreds of over-the-counter and prescription medicines, according to the US Food and Drug Administration. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Study links acetaminophen in pregnancy to ADHD, but experts question results," 30 Oct. 2017 A recent study suggests that alcohol could be more effective at cutting discomfort than paracetamol, or acetaminophen (aka Tylenol). Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "A Study Suggests That Alcohol Might Actually Have Pain-Relieving Powers," 4 May 2017

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First Known Use of paracetamol

1957, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for paracetamol

para- entry 1 + acetyl + amino + phenol

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para·​cet·​a·​mol | \ ˌpar-ə-ˈsēt-ə-ˌmȯl How to pronounce paracetamol (audio) \

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