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Panamax 500mg 100 Tablets $0.69 @ Chemist Warehouse & My Chemist

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This deal is back again.

General Information
For the temporary relief of pain and discomfort in
arthritis, headache, muscular and neuralgic
conditions. Reduces fever.
Warnings
For the relief of minor and temporary ailments and should be used strictly as directed. Prolonged use without medical supervision could be harmful.
Always read the label. Consult your healthcare professional if symptoms persist.

Ingredients
Each tablet contains Paracetamol 500mg
Directions
Adults: 1 to 2 tablets (maximum 8 per day) Children: (7-12 years): 1/2 to 1 tablet (maximum 4 tablets per day). Take with water every 3-4 hours if necessary.

Also available from my chemist
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closed Comments

  • -3 votes

    yeah, the $8.95 delivery fee kind of kills it though

    • +15 votes

      its in store price too

      • +2 votes

        damn, wasn't this morning, i paid $1.69…

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        …and tomorrow is Monday.

        PERFECT timing. I have a sh*t of a day coming up. :-/

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          Are you going to induce a headache?

        • +2 votes

          You may want to try some laxatives instead.

  • -1 vote

    Anyone compared these to panadol?

    • +13 votes

      been using them for years and work the same as far as i'm concerned

      • +10 votes

        Panadol has a stronger placebo effect IMO

    • +33 votes

      It is exactly the same, paracetamol is the active ingredient in panadol. Panadol is a trade name = higher price. Australian generic medications are of extremely high standard.

      • +1 vote

        Bought one last year from Chemist Warehouse. It works just like Panadol except that Panamax is made in India. That's why it's cheap

      • +4 votes

        Panamax are made in India, in case you're wondering.

        Is that better or worse than Panadol? No easy way to tell because Panadol (and Nurofen for that matter) don't print the country or manufacture on their boxes. Make of that what you will.

      • +2 votes

        Australian generic medications are of extremely high standard.

        Not in all cases. For example generic transdermal patches do not stick well.

        • +7 votes

          The active ingredient has been tested.

          Adhesive levels aren't tested..
          Maybe grab some scotch tape :D

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        Australian generic medications are of extremely high standard.

        Hopefully we'll never get a repeat of the Pan Pharmaceuticals debacle!

      • +1 vote

        You can and do also get bio-availability differences between generics due to the composition of the binders. In Australia though, they are regulated to be within a certain range so the difference is minimal.

    • +4 votes

      There's no difference whatsoever chemically.

      The shape and "quality" of the packaging may differ.

    • +8 votes

      Completely the same. No difference. Any observed difference is completely psychological

    • +2 votes

      The optizorb range has a smoother coating to swallow, can swallow it without a drink.
      Panamax isn't an issue, I just take a sip of water with it.

      Haven't tried caplets or anything like that.
      Normal panadols there is no discernible difference.

      • +2 votes

        Chances are if you have a headache you're probably going to benefit from the glass of water anyway.

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          Yeah true, although not everyone takes paracetamol for headaches. Most people do, but not all

          • +1 vote

            @pennypincher98: Like me not taking water with paracetamol!
            … before I married a pharmacist and finding out that I don't drink enough water and also discovering 1 paracetamol + 1 ibuprofen tablet is much more effective for the headaches I get

            • +3 votes

              @FTTNope: Was it marrying a pharmacist that induced headaches?

              • +1 vote

                @dealman: Nope, I caught a good one.
                No, she doesn't use OzBargain. lol

    • +1 vote

      I believe Panadol has the easier to swallow coating, but if you're OK with a bitter taste on your mouth for maybe 2 or 3 seconds there's basically no difference Also, the coating on the Panadol might even delay absorption compared to the Panamax, I'd imagine.

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        @mubd1234 .. coating does not delay absorption. It's cosmetic coating not functional. Cartia (coated aspirin) is functional coating which does not allow the dissolution of tablet in stomach.

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      same active ingredients.

    • +1 vote

      At the hospital where I'm working, we always use Panamax. Generic medications work just fine.

  • +27 votes

    Just a word of caution…

    what a lot fo people don't realise is how dangerous paracetamol can be if used excessively. It's substantially easier to die form a paracetamol overdose than from schedule 8 medications (i.e. Benzos, opioids etc. etc.).

    Never go over 4000 mg per day = 8 tabs / day. It's really easy to do if you are taking 2 every 4 - 6 hrs. Be careful.

    Also be cautious when taking it after fasting (not eating for a long period of time, i.e. after an operation, anorexia etc etc), as the molecule needed to bind onto paracetamol to be excreted in the liver will be decreased (in a process called glucoronidation).

    • +25 votes

      Geez ! And I thought because they’re so cheap I can afford to swallow more!

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      But isn't that true of any medicine? if you take more than the recommended dose, bad things can happen. Read the packaging, follow what is says with any med, you'll be ok.

      • +4 votes

        Yes but you would think Panadol to be fairly harmless given how easily accessed and common it is.

        Fun fact from wikipedia: "In the United States and the United Kingdom paracetamol is the most common cause of acute liver failure.[7][2]"

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          And thats why it was reduce from 12 max a day to 8 a day, no drug is truely safe, hell you can even OD on water, look it up

          • +1 vote

            @Trantor: The assumption you've made is that people read those labels, and unfortunately they don't.

            An example is it might take 16 paracetamols in a day to cause bad toxicity, but it would take roughly 35-40 300mg aspirin tablets to cause an overdose.

            Harder to muck up when you basically need to down over half a pack of pills to cause a problem

            • +5 votes

              @buckster: The old maxim applies. You can try and make things fool proof, but you will never make them idiot proof. Unfortunately way too many people take the 'it won't happen to me" approach to life and as a result the need for more stringent precautions that in reality affect people who read the labels & follow the recommendations and remain ignored by those who choose to ignore them.

          • +5 votes

            @Trantor: The issue with Paracetamol is that the gap between the maximum tolerated dose and toxic dose is actually fairly small compared to other on-the-shelf pharmaceutical products, and is dynamically affected by multiple external factors. We call this gap a 'Therapeutic Index.'

            Acute doses of 10g/day in an adult are expected to lead to toxicity, whilst lower but sustained doses over 48 hours can lead to similar outcomes.

            Another issue is it's metabolism - which primarily occurs through the harmless processes in the liver. But a small amount gets metabolised through a secondary pathway that leads to a toxic intermediate that destroys liver tissue. Unfortunately, this secondary pathway can be promoted above the harmless ones through particular lifestyles (excessive alcohol consumption both acute and chronic, smoking, poor nutrition), concomitant drug regimens (anticonvulsants) and comorbid diseases.

            So really, the toxic dose gets lowered further down to a level that is uncomfortably close to the maximum tolerated dose - meaning the therapeutic index is rather slim. Also yeah, people don't read labels and are too reckless in the use of NSAID painkillers and paracetamol - that's just a given.

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              @MetaLaugher: I knew about that from some drunken discussion but never so eloquently explained, thanks!

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            @Trantor: I’m with you. You can’t help idiots who don’t read warning before injesting tablets. Just like you can’t help idiots who don’t wear seatbelts or helmets sometimes. Warnings are on the packets for a reason. If people chose to exercise their right to go above and beyond those warnings then that’s their responsibility (which unfortunately costs the taxpayer money in hospital admissions, treatment and liver transplants)

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            @Trantor: Yeah you can die from water OD especially if you snort it.

          • +1 vote

            @Trantor: Death by dihydrogen monoxide.

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        I agree. Every single paracetamol box says max 4g a day.

    • +10 votes

      It's substantially easier to die form a paracetamol overdose than from schedule 8 medications (i.e. Benzos, opioids etc. etc.).

      The death rate from paracetamol is pretty low. Overdosing is common, liver damage is common but death is pretty rare. About 1,000 people die in the US every year from it. Opiods are currently around 30,000 per annum. And a lot more people take paracetamol than opiods.

      -edit- Aussie stats: http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/[email protected]/Lookup/by%20Subject/...

      Benzos: 36.7%
      Other Opiods: 30.4%
      Paracetemol: 9.4%

      And the amount of people who use opiods in Australia is way lower than the USA. I'd say if you're using benzos/opiods your odds of dying are at least 100 times more than if you're using paracetamol.

      • -4 votes

        Naturally the pharmaceutical industry is fighting hard to keep cannabis illegal (along with private prison guard unions) while killing thousands of people every year with prescribed opiates.

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          How are the pharma's killing people with opiate prescriptions? those stats take into account illegal use too.

          Also opiates have a very important place in medicine for various conditions. It, like a lot of this, is given a bad stigma because of the stupidity of the minority who abuse it.

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            @paraneoplastic: To be fair the legal opioid industry is largely at fault for the current illegal opioid industry. In the US, of course, land of the free, the drug companies ensured that opiates were prescribed for as many things as possible by orchestrating beneficial laws and proclaiming each new iteration of an opioid was less/non addictive.

            Eventually restrictions came into place that made it too expensive to buy the big company well regulated opioids. But there were a butt tonne of addicts. So they had to make do with the illegal, far less safe variants. Hence the massive spike in deaths in recent years.

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      • +3 votes

        i stated "easier" not it is the highest cause of overdose death, further I didn't mean statistically, i meant in the sense that it's extremely easy to overdose on because:

        1. Over the counter / in supermarkets - thus no prescription or doctor's consultation needed
        2. extremely cheap
        3. culture of if it's cheap, and seems to work, keep downing them & if it were dangerous the government would have made it harder to get

        In the table you referenced, notice how every other drug (except ethanol - which is a another ball park) is prescription only, albeit SSRI's are pretty easy to get but at least there is constant follow up with GP / psychiatrist to monitor symptoms and the signs of serotonin syndrome are pretty obvious.

        Moreover, the liver damage caused by paracetamol if not treated promptly to NAC will then later lead to further increase in mortality and morbidity. As if you look at the paracetamol nomogram, toxic levels for any extended period of time (hrs) will cause irreversible hepatocellular injury rapidly and after the paracetmol is excreted there isn't a trace of it, so if this same patient then takes moderate amount of any other substances (i.e. benzos (except Oxazepam, lorazepam, tamazepam)) and becomes comatose and presents to ED, they will be classified via the ICD 10 as benzo/opioid/etoh/etc etc overdose not taking into account any prior chronic / acute liver injury which could have been caused by paracetamol.

        My comment was simply to highlight the ease of overdosing on paracetamol and i worded it layman's terms to make it easily understandable.

        • -3 votes

          Well yeah, if you include the logic "it's easier to overdose on paracetemol than opiods because you don't do opiods so you're probably not going to overdose on them"…

        • -1 vote

          The reason why it’s paracetamol is available over the counter is because NAC is so readily available with overdose very easily treated. Not sure we need to be anymore ‘cautious’ about it’s use over any other drug.

    • +1 vote

      Also try and avoid taking it with alcohol. If you need a painkiller while driniing/hungover you're better off taking ibuprofen.

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    Thatsa cheap price!

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    Rejoice my liver!

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      Wut?

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      There are much more enjoyable ways to damage your liver.

      • +6 votes

        But are they this cost effective??

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    Great price for a tablet that's always required every now and then for stubborn, mild pain. Supermarkets get away with putting a brand name on and charging upwards of $5 for 24 tablets for the exact same thing. Ridiculous.

    • +2 votes

      Coles charges 70c for 20 tablets of Coles brand paracetamol. It's not the supermarkets jacking the price.

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        70c for 20 tablets.
        Equals $3.50 for 100 tablets compared to 69c.

        Are you sure supermarkets aren't jacking their price?

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          We won't know until they start listing on eBay and a 20% off deal comes around…

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        Maybe when on special. They also have the same brand paracetamol in "super fast dissolvable" version = same thing for $5 and the "mini caplets" for $5.

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      That's got nothing to do with supermarkets. Panadol costs like $4 for 20 tabs at chemist warehouse as well. Only difference is supermarkets aren't allowed to buy panamax while pharmacies like chemist warehouse buys them in bulk for pennies and get ridiculous profit margins from it.

  • +11 votes

    The bad news - I paid $1.49 last week for these so this deal gives me a headache.
    The good news - ….

    • +1 vote

      Oh no! Just think of all the things that you could have spent that 80 cents on. I feel your pain. Luckily, I have about 90 tablets in the 100 pack I bought a couple of years ago so I won't have to feel your pain for long.

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    Do they contain pseudoephedrine? If not then no deal.

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      You're going to have to get over to Bali for those: http://www.panadol.co.id/produk/dewasa/panadol-cold-and-flu....

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        Oh damn, off to Thailand tomorrow, I wonder if they have them.

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          Afraid not, I don't think you can even get it with a prescription there.

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            @DonWilson: You can still get cold and flu medication with pseudoephedrine OTC from a chemist without a prescription. Not every chemist stocks it though.

    • +1 vote

      r u a meth head?

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        whats meth?

        • +1 vote

          methodical.

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      You can buy proper Sudafed over the counter at a pharmacy (pseudoephedrine). You just have to provide drivers license and they do have a system to keep record of your purchases between pharamcies. I was in Albury ages away from where I live, had the worst sinus headache kick in and had left my stash at home, went to chemist they about refused to sell to me because a chemist where I live had about a week prior, they thought I was on the junked pseudo run for a bit there.

      It's actually funny the ban codeine over the counter, there was or was meant to be coming into place a similar system. Now there is nothing so you can doctor shop and go to different chemists and nothing to keep track at all.

    • +3 votes

      What? Why would this contain pseudo? Pseudo is a decongestant, this is just paracetamol with no mention of cold and flu. You're not gonna get pseudo at anywhere near this price.

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      Is there anywhere to get reasonably priced day and night tablets with pseudoephedrine? Generic 24 pack is about $17 these days at my local chemists!

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        Depending on shipping costs, you may be able to get the product cheaper online. The issue with purchasing online though, is you have to provide the chemist/pharmacy with a prescription cause pseudo is OTC.

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    Few packets of these would really add to the excessive damage already caused to my liver this spring carnival.

  • +4 votes

    Guys please be very careful when using medications.

    • -1 vote

      Why?

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    Forget the Panamax and try this stuff

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    I think they only let you a maximum of 2 maybe 4 boxes at a time in store

  • +1 vote

    what is the normal price for this? Isn't it like 89 cents?

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      Depends on where you live - in North Sydney they range from $1.99 to $3.69 for this packet size - go to a Chemist Warehouse (a few suburbs away) and the price is reduced to $1.99 - usually have my chemist price match Chemist Warehouse, and then stock up when there is a deal like this. Thanks Op for posting the deal, much appreciated :)

  • +2 votes

    cries in NAC infusion

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    I usually just take 1 tablet when I get a mild headache, if the headache doesn't subside in ~30mins, then I take a second tablet. Usually I can get away with just 1 tablet and minimise the damage on my liver.

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    Does anyone know what the cheapest Paracetamol tablet is that is sugar coated is?

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    Is there a generic brand for ibuprofen?

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      Is there a generic brand for ibuprofen?

      There's this Costco one.

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        Holy shit, I've heard of a lifetime supply, but not a generation's supply. I need me a costco membership, if only they would deliver.

        • +1 vote

          Well… you can just buy it off that eBay link. Shipping is free - just add 10% GST!