Speaking about the cases, British GP Dr Sarah Jarvis said: “Paracetamol is one of the most commonly taken medicines in the UK.
“For most people who stick to the recommended intake, paracetamol doesn’t pose a problem. But if you take more than the recommended dose – particularly over a long period – you could be putting yourself at risk.”
As with all medications, it is essential paracetamol is only taken in the dose recommended either by GP or the instructions on the packaging.
Every person, said Dr Jarvis, has a “daily allowance of paracetamol”, the maximum level the body should consume and adds it is crucial to remember paracetamol in cold and flu remedies counts towards that allowance.