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BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 30 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4870

Paracetamol is no better than placebo for low back pain: A study of 1652 people with acute low back pain who received as much as four weeks of treatment with paracetamol or placebo found that those on paracetamol recovered no more quickly than those on placebo.1 Paracetamol did not improve pain levels, function, sleep, or quality of life, the study showed. Median recovery was 17 days in the paracetamol group and 16 days in the placebo group.

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