Australian researchers have found that paracetamol can be effective in reducing pain only in a limited number of conditions.
A University of Sydney study examined the effectiveness of the drug for 44 conditions, of which only knee and hip osteoarthritis, tension headaches, perineal pain and craniotomy pain were relieved more by paracetamol than placebo.
The drug was ineffective for acute back pain, but for the remaining 39 conditions, there was no convincing evidence in either case.
Principal author Dr. Christina Abdel Shaheed told Joe Hildebrand that there is a surprising lack of high-quality research.
“Paracetamol is the most commonly used pain self-medication drug anywhere in the world.
“It’s surprising that we still have unanswered questions.”
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