✅ Feel less negative emotion when considering risky activities
✅ Increased risk-taking possibility due to reduced risk perceptions
✅ Impairing a person's ability to perceive and evaluate a risk situation effectively
The above observations don't make paracetamol tablet consumption unsafe. However, we come to the next part, where Indians have started consuming high-dose paracetamol tablets in general pre and post COVID
A study was conducted on paracetamol tablet sales data across 75 countries from 2007 to 2019
👉 Trends for India show we have increasingly moved from producing and consuming 500mg dosage towards 650mg dosage of paracetamol tablets.
👉1000mg is the max single dosage limit for an adult.
650mg dosage of paracetamol is not standard across many countries
✅ For adults in the US, regular-strength paracetamol contains 325mg
✅ Extra-strength contains 500mg
✅ 650mg is reserved for minor arthritis, osteoarthritis, and joint pain.
✅ 500mg dosage of paracetamol is regulated in India for pricing. However, 650mg dosage is not
Above points indicate that we might be unnecessarily consuming high dose paracetamol tablets as OTC medicine which could be coincidental considering the medical progress made over years OR a well thought business model which includes pharma companies, medical physicians, and pharmacy stores which puts the patient/consumer to a health risk in the long run.
Nevertheless, please ensure you always take any medicine, OTC or not under appropriate medical guidance and considering your age, other medical conditions etc. Do not rely on personal recommendations from friends and family in such cases.
We live in completely different times now and we are coming across cases where fit and healthy adults are passing away out of the blue with no serious medical history these days.