Paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin are now placed behind the pharmacy counter

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As of this Wednesday, January 15, “drugs containing paracetamol and certain non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen and aspirin) must all be placed behind the pharmacist’s counter.” This announcement made by the ANSM (National Medicines Safety Agency) aims to promote the proper use of these drugs.

They are still available without a prescription.

“These drugs are safe and effective when used correctly, but pose risks when used improperly,” said ANSM.

In the coming months, a message will be placed on the boxes of drugs containing paracetamol to warn of the risk to the liver in the event of an overdose.

The usual dose of paracetamol is 500 mg to 1 g per dose in adults. This intake can be renewed if necessary after an interval of at least 4 hours. As for the maximum dose, it should not exceed 4g per 24 hours (or 3 g for those under 50 kg).

Also check for paracetamol in other medicines you are taking at the same time (used for pain, fever, allergies, cold symptoms or flu-like illness)