Paracetamol and Aspirin are
both analgesics painkillers with similar efficacy, however because
of its anti-inflammatory properties, aspirin can be more effective when dealing
with inflammation. Paracetamol can be given to children in limited doses,
whereas Aspirin is not recommended for children and adolescents because this
drug has a risk of Reye’s syndrome. Both medicine can be use daily for many purposes as they
are not on prescription. Paracetamol works by being absorbed into the bloodstream.
Once absorbed, it blocks the body’s production of prostaglandins, a lipid compound in the body that causes
inflammation and fever. This drug is thought to reduce the intensity of pain
signals to the brain. Prostaglandins, increase pain and body temperature and
they are found throughout the body, but Paracetamol mostly works on those in
the brain. The World Health Organization consider paracetamol to be an
essential medicine in a basic health system. Furthermore, the side effect of
this drug is very rare but still it can include: flushing, low blood pressure and a fast heartbeat, blood disorders, liver and
kidney damage. If someone have one of these side effect, they should talk to
their Pharmacist or Doctor. Pregnant women can take Paracetamol because it is
safe drug compare to Aspirin. There is not clear evidence that Paracetamol has
any harmful effects on unborn baby whereas Aspirin does. The world health
organisation(NHS) encourage women to take Paracetamol During pregnancy as it
safe then other painkiller. Women who were taking Paracetamol daily had a
45% lower death rate from ovarian cancer compare to women who were not taking
it. Paracetamol is very effective painkiller as it can be also uses for ovarian
cancer. Aspirin also gets absorbed into the bloodstream. Once in the
bloodstream, Aspirin inhibits chemicals, such as cyclo-oxygenase, which cause
the production of prostaglandins. Aspirin, which is an NSAID which is
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It is mostly absorbed in the small
intestine and processed in the liver, stomach, and other organs. Aspirin is used to treat pain, and
reduce fever or inflammation. Furthermore, it more useable compare to other
painkiller because it can prevent heart attack and possible cancer. Aspirin can
cause stomach or intestinal bleeding, which can be fatal. Older people have a
higher risk of stomach bleeding, so they need to be careful while taking this
medicine. Those women who are pregnant need to tell their doctor before using
Aspirin. This is because Aspirin can cause harm to unborn baby or may face the
problem with delivery. 


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