Q. I was recently traveling in France and ran out of the acetaminophen I brought from home for my painful arthritic knee. When I attempted to buy more acetaminophen from a French pharmacy, the pharmacist said acetaminophen is not sold in France. The pharmacist advised me to take a product named paracetamol. I took the French pharmacist’s advice and bought some, but I have some reservations about it. What is paracetamol and is it safe to use?

A. Acetaminophen (Tylenol, etc) is sold throughout the world as paracetamol. The two are identical.

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  1. Marie
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    I live in Sweden.
    Acetaminophen is sold here under the name of Paracetamol (the active ingredient) or Alvedon (product name).
    I belong to the American consumer organization Public Citizen (www.worstpills.org) and receive their monthly news letters.
    During the summer of 2006? I received a news letter about the risks of combining Warfarin with Acetaminophen.
    As I had a friend who was on Warfarin/Paracetamol I had to find out what Acetaminophen actually was.
    I was surprised that it was the same as paracetamol.

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