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Paracetamol
Paracetamol
Synonyms Acetaminophen
Brand names Panadol, Panamax, Tylenol and others
IUPAC name

IUPAC name
N-(4-hydroxyphenyl)acetamide
ChemSpider

1906

DrugBank

DB00316

PubChem

1983

PDB fields

N/A

Formula

C8H9NO2

InChI
InChI
1S/C8H9NO2/c1-6(10)9-7-2-4-8(11)5-3-7/h2-5,11H,1H3,(H,9,10)
InChIKey
InChIKey
RZVAJINKPMORJF-UHFFFAOYSA-N
SMILES
SMILES
CC(=O)NC1=CC=C(C=C1)O
(Jmol 3D structure)
Mol. mass

151.1626 g/mol

Paracetamol is a painkiller and antipyretic, that does not inhibit COX to any clinically significant extent, hence possesses minimal anti-inflammatory effects. It is not entirely known how it works but it is believed to act by selectively inhibiting COX in the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), hence does not possess any significant anti-inflammatory effects. Other potential mechanisms of action include by serving as a prodrug to AM404 which inhibits the reuptake of anandamide.

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