Volume 5, Issue 3, May 2019, Page: 31-35
A Review on the Properties and Uses of Paracetamol
Iwuozor Kingsley Ogemdi, Department of Pure and Industrial Chemistry, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria
Received: Aug. 13, 2019;       Accepted: Sep. 6, 2019;       Published: Sep. 21, 2019
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijpc.20190503.12      View  112      Downloads  40
N-acylated aromatic amines (those having an acyl group, RCO- substituted on nitrogen) are important in over-the-counter headache remedies. Over-the-counter drugs are those you may buy without a prescription. Paracetamol is virtually the sole survivor of the so-called “aniline derivatives” or “aniline analgesics” which are; acetanilide, phenacetin and paracetamol (acetaminophen). Phenacetin and paracetamol are both derivatives of acetanilide. Paracetamol which is also referred to as 4-hydroxyacetanilide or para-hydroxyacetanilide to an Industrial Chemist is an important end product as well as an important precursor used in the synthesis of some other Organic compounds. As an analgesic it has gained fame because it is readily available but then its adverse effect stands pronounced when it’s not taken in its rightful dosage or when it is taken in addition to some other food or drug. This article talks about the historical changes this important compound has undergone till date, its preparation by the chemist, some reactions it undergoes in the presence of some other precursors, its Dozage, Its adverse effect as well as its usage. This is a very helpful drug which becomes a poison in the presence of other drugs such as warfarin and care should be taken when handling this drug.
Phenacetin, Drug-Drug Interaction, Preparation, Naphthalene, Acetanilide, Paracetamol
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Iwuozor Kingsley Ogemdi, A Review on the Properties and Uses of Paracetamol, International Journal of Pharmacy and Chemistry. Vol. 5, No. 3, 2019, pp. 31-35. doi: 10.11648/j.ijpc.20190503.12
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