Slow Release Paracetamol Changes



From the 1st of June 2020, the Therapeutic Goods Administration will be changing the way you access modified release paracetamol.

Consumers will be required to speak to a pharmacist before purchasing these products. If you need to purchase a slow release paracetamol product, you will not be required to have a prescription from your doctor to buy modified release paracetamol.

Modified release paracetamol (sometimes labelled as sustained release, slow release or extend release) is formulated with a higher dose of paracetamol per tablet (665 mg) compared to immediate release paracetamol at 500 mg per tablet.

Some examples of the products affected, are but not limited to:

  • Panadol Osteo caplets, 665mg, 96 pack
  • Pharmacy Choice Osteo Relief Paracetamol 665mg caplets, 96 pack
  • Paracetamol Osteo SR tablets, 665 mg, 96 pack

Further information is available on the TGA website and our friendly Cincotta pharmacist is always available to answer any concerns you may have.