Paracetamol

Suppositories

Over the counter P medicine
125mg, 250mg, 500mg, 1000mg
Always read the label

Paracetamol Suppositories are presented in the form of a white suppository. They are available in four strengths. A suppository is a long, but small in size, capsule-shaped medicine which is inserted into the back passage (rectum).

 

Paracetamol Suppositories contain paracetamol. Paracetamol is a pain killer (analgesic).

 

Paracetamol Suppositories are for the treatment of mild to moderate pain such as toothache and/or a high temperature (fever) when it is difficult to take paracetamol by mouth in the form of tablets or a syrup.

Paracetamol Suppositories 125mg, 250mg, 500mg, 1000mg (Amdeepcha)

A medication in the form of a suppository (which is inserted into the back passage) is useful if:

  • you are unable to swallow an oral medicine (tablet, capsule or liquid) for any reason;
  • you are vomiting or feel sick and cannot keep an oral medicine down;
  • you are having seizures and cannot take medicines by mouth;
  • you have a blockage that stops the medication moving through the digestive system and being absorbed;
  • you have had surgery and cannot take medicines by mouth.

 

Paracetamol Suppositories are a P Pharmacy Medicine. People can buy products classified as ‘pharmacy medicines’ (P) but only from a pharmacy and in the presence of a pharmacist. These medicines, also called ‘pharmacy-only medicines’, are not usually displayed on open shelves.

PRODUCT INFORMATION

For full details about Paracetamol Suppositories, please refer to the Patient Information Leaflets providing information about each of the four different strengths of suppositories below.
Due to regulatory changes, the content of the Patient Information leaflets (All four strengths revised September 2019) below may vary from the one found in your medicine pack. Please compare the ‘Leaflet prepared/revised date’ towards the end of the leaflet in your pack, with the date on the document below, to establish if there have been any changes.

If you have any queries about your medication, please contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Children under 18 years
Paracetamol Suppositories can be used in children. Do not use in children for more than 3 days. Follow your doctor’s instructions.

Ingredients

Active ingredients

Paracetamol in four different strengths. Always read the label

  • Paracetamol 125mg in each suppository
  • Paracetamol 250mg in each suppository
  • Paracetamol 500mg in each suppository
  • Paracetamol 1000mg in each suppository

Documentation

  • Patient Information Leaflet Paracetamol 125mg

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  • Patient Information Leaflet Paracetamol 250mg

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  • Patient Information Leaflet Paracetamol 500mg

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  • Patient Information Leaflet Paracetamol 1000mg

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How to use Paracetamol Suppositories

Paracetamol Suppositories are available in four strengths (125mg, 250mg, 500mg, 1000mg).
The strength you need depends on whether you are treating an adult or a child. If treating a child, the child’s age is an important factor in deciding the appropriate strength to use and the dose.

Please check with your pharmacist the exact dose to use and the maximum dose.

Paracetamol suppositories are not to be taken by mouth (orally). They are for insertion into the rectum (back passage).
Do not take any other paracetamol containing products whilst using paracetamol suppositories.

 

Paracetamol 125mg Suppositories
Infant 1 year (up to 10kg):

  • 1 x 125mg suppository every 4 to 6 hours up to a maximum of 4x125mg suppositories in 24 hours.

Child over 1 year up to 5 years (10-20kg):

  • 1 or 2 x 125mg suppositories every 4 to 6 hours up to a maximum of 4 or 8 suppositories in 24 hours.

 

Paracetamol 250mg Suppositories
Children 6-9 years (20-30kg):

  • 1-2 x 250mg suppositories every 4 to 6 hours up to a maximum of 4x 250mg suppositories in 24 hours

Children 10-12 years (30-40kg)

  • 1-2 x 250mg suppositories every 4-6 hours up to a maximum of 4 or 8 suppositories in 24 hours

 

Paracetamol 500mg Suppositories
Adults and Children 12 years and over:

  • 1 -2 500mg suppositories every 4 to 6 hours up to a maximum of 4 or 8 suppositories in 24 hours.

Children 10-12 years (30-40 kg):

  • 1 x 500mg suppository every 4 to 6 hours up to a maximum of 4 x 500mg suppositories in 24 hours.

 

Paracetamol 1000mg Suppositories
Adults only:

  • 1x 1000mg suppository every 4 to 6 hours up to a maximum of 4 x 1000mg suppositories in 24 hours

 

For adults: The dose should not be repeated more frequently than every 4 hours. The recommended dose should not be exceeded. Higher doses do not produce any increase in analgesic effect. The product should not be used for more than 3 days, except on the advice of a doctor.

For children: doses should be based on the child’s age and weight. These doses may be repeated up to a maximum of 4 times in 24 hours. The dose should not be repeated more frequently than every 4 hours. The recommended dose should not be exceeded. Higher doses do not produce any increase in analgesic effect. The product should not be used for more than 3 days, except on the advice of a doctor.

 

How to use the suppository:

 Adults

  •  Your bowels need to be empty when you use this medicine.
  • If you need to go to the toilet, make sure that you do it before you use the suppository.
  • It may be easier to use the suppository if you are lying on your front or side on a bed.
  • Wash your hands.
  • Then peel the wrapping apart to take out the suppository.
  • Use only a whole suppository. Do not break the suppository before use.
  • Gently push the suppository into your back passage with the pointed end first.
  • To make it easier to use the suppository you may warm it slightly between your hands beforehand.
  • Try to keep still for a minute or two and then wash your hands.

 

Children:

  • Your child’s bowels need to be empty when you give them this medicine.
  • If your child needs to go to the toilet, make sure that they do it before you give them the suppository.
  • It may be easier to give your child the suppository if they are lying on their front or side on a bed.
  • Wash your hands.
  • Then peel the wrapping apart to take out the suppository.
  • Use only a whole suppository. Do not break the suppository before use.
  • Gently push the suppository into your child’s back passage with the pointed end first.
  • To make it easier to give the suppository you may warm it slightly between your hands beforehand.
  • Try to keep your child still for a minute or two and then wash your hands.
  • If you need to give another suppository, then follow the above procedure again.

Adverse events

Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Patients and Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via the Yellow Card Scheme at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.

Adverse events should also be reported to Typharm on 02037 694160.