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Mechanisms of action of acetaminophen for pain treatment 

Mechanisms of action of acetaminophen for pain treatment
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Mechanisms of action of acetaminophen for pain treatment
Author(s):

Pierre Beaulieu

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198834359.003.0046
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date: 01 December 2020

The landmark paper discussed in the chapter, published by 2008 by Mallet et al., reports on the mechanisms of action of acetaminophen for pain treatment. Acetaminophen, also known as paracetamol (N-acetyl-para-aminophenol), has analgesic and antipyretic properties and has superior tolerance, compared to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, making it appropriate for widespread use in patients. However, despite many years of use worldwide and numerous studies, acetaminophen’s mechanism of action is still uncertain. The article by Mallet et al. is a landmark paper because it reconciled many observations made at the time to propose a plausible mechanism of action of acetaminophen in pain treatment.

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