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Does anyone know if it is ok to keep constantly taking paracetamol everyday to help with pain of arthritis??🤔

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  • Shell_H
    Shell_H Member Posts: 548
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    According to the NHS's website, "It's safe to take paracetamol regularly for many years as long as you don't take more than the recommended dosage."

    Have a look here: https://www.nhs.uk/medicines/paracetamol-for-adults/

  • Shaphron
    Shaphron Member Posts: 74
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    I do know that sometimes if you are taking paracetamol specifically for headaches on a daily basis then the paracetamol may have the unintended effect of giving you more headaches.... But this only seems to occur if you were originally taking paracetamol for headaches. It's very bizarre. This did happen to me at one point (I'm sadly prone to headaches) and I had to stop taking paracetamol at all for a few weeks (had very bad headaches at the beginning, then went back to my "normal" headaches) before I could take it again normally for headaches. I don't think this affects you however, as you're taking it for arthritis pai

    If in danger or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout

  • airwave
    airwave Member Posts: 579
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    There was a medical paper some time ago indicating that paracetamol retains more of its strength when on the shelf over time 5han previously thought but that should have been taken into consideration by now. As with most medical opinions they change over time and we can only be guided by our GPs.

    its a grin, honest!

  • andywood
    andywood Member Posts: 7
    edited 11. Jan 2022, 13:09
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    I have inflammatory arthritis and paracetamol doesn't touch the suface for my pain and stiffness. I'm not really a fan of taking medication, especially long term, but I feel I don't have much option at the moment. I'm taking co-codamol and a medication called Flarin which I believe is ibuprofen. This helps as long as I keep topping up every 4 to 6 hours. The reason I don't like this is because co-codamol can be addictive and ibuprofen can harm the stomach. I think I read somewhere that taking ibuprofen for long periods of time can increase your risk of stroke as well.

  • Michele
    Michele Member Posts: 8
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    THank you all, i can't take flarin as it contains ibuprofen and i'm blood thinners due to having the unfortunate situation of having a blood clot. i found the same thing on NHS website about paracetamol and also take co-codamol whenthe pain is unbearable/or at it's worst.

  • Tracie
    Tracie Member Posts: 57
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    Hi all

    I take naproxen n paracetamol does help . Tens machine for neck pain wrists supports which help. I am going very gently on the exercise bike just 12 mins a day n doing physio stretches. All help but like has been said before some days so painful after work just resting or bubble bath. Everyday is different. Gentle walking helps too . Everyone is different have a good day tracie x