GEORGE TOWN: As more people go for inoculation to stem the Covid-19 outbreak, paracetamol is selling like hot cakes because many believe it could relieve side effects from the vaccine.
However, a medical expert at a vaccination centre has warned the public to only take paracetamol when necessary.
Dr Kesevan Vijasangar, 29, said a single dose of two tablets of paracetamol should not be taken more than four times a day.
“All types of paracetamol can be taken but take note of the dosage.
“Paracetamol is toxic to the liver if it is taken in excess.
“Anyone with underlying pre-existing liver conditions should also be more cautious when taking paracetamol,” he added.
Dr Kesevan said paracetamol was highly recommended by many public health authorities to counter any side effects.
“It is common to experience body aches and fever after getting vaccinated.
“Some people will have side effects lasting up to a week but different people will have different reactions towards the vaccines.
“It is okay for people to take two tablets equalling to 1g of paracetamol, four times a day.
“However, if they have any other side effects such as shortness of breath, chest pain, palpitation, generalised swelling or severe itchiness, they should seek medical attention immediately,” he said.
Pharmacist Lim Chee Mun, 36, said the sales of paracetamol had increased since May, the period when the government sped up the vaccination process.
“Many customers bought paracetamol as they are worried that they may encounter vaccine-related side effects.
“It is normal to feel feverish, have body ache or headache a day or two after getting vaccinated.
“These are the common vaccine-related side effects as it is our body’s reaction towards the vaccine.
“We advise our customers that taking paracetamol in its normal dosage is safe if they experience any mild side effects.
“If the side effects are unbearable, they should seek medical advice,” she said.
Lim said some people would buy anti-diarrhoea medicines, or the Lian Hua Qing Wen capsule – a traditional medicine used to reduce heatiness and relieve common cold, cough and phlegm.
“The sales of Vitamin C have also spiked since the Covid-19 outbreak.
“Some customers bought cooling water over the counter but we are unsure of its effectiveness.
“We are also running low on medical devices such as oximeters and Covid-19 RTK-Antigen self-test kits,” she added.
Content creator Sarah Lee, 29, said she was shocked to find out that paracetamol was sold out at a few convenience stores.
“I went to at least three convenience stores in George Town but it was sold out.
“Many people bought paracetamol to safeguard themselves as they were worried that they might feel sick after getting vaccinated.
“Thankfully, I managed to get a strip of it at a petrol station,” she said.