8 Panadol Alternative Medicines You Can Buy in Pakistan

Pakistan is currently facing a severe shortage of paracetamol, a commonly used over-the-counter (OTC) drug, due to increased demand caused by the rising number of dengue and coronavirus cases, as well as waterborne diseases caused by monsoon floods.

As a result, there is a nationwide shortage of Panadol, and citizens are looking for alternatives as the drug becomes increasingly difficult to obtain.

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), a leading drug manufacturer in Pakistan, sells paracetamol under the brand name “Panadol.”

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People are searching for alternative brands that produce the same drug under different names as a result of its sudden shortage.

The list of alternative drugs produced by other local brands in Pakistan is as follows:

Brand NameManufacturerDosage (mg)Retail Price
AskprolAskari Pharmaceuticals500Rs. 100
Calpol (200 pack)GSK500Rs. 312
DisprolReckitt Benckiser (RB) Pakistan500Rs. 180
DolipraneSanofi Aventis500Rs. 100
ParacetamolFerozsons Laboratories500Rs. 129
PracmolGlitz Pharma500Rs. 460
VamolValor Pharmaceuticals500Rs. 100
BoschtamolBosch Pharmaceuticals500Rs. 70


In Pakistan, here is a list of Panadol pediatric dosage alternatives.

Brand NameManufacturerDosage (mg)Retail Price
Calpol Pediatric (90 ml)GSK120mg/5mlRs. 46
AskprolAskari Pharma120mg/5mlRs. 15
Paracetamol (450ml)Ferozsons Pharma120mg/5mlRs. 56
Pracmol (60 ml)Glitz Pharma120mg/5mlRs. 25


According to experts, the shortage of Panadol is primarily due to its high demand, which has affected production.

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According to journalist Ali Khizar, GSK manufactures over 450 million Panadol tablets per month. However, the company’s production costs are higher than the government’s Maximum Retail Price (MRP), so it has reduced production to a bare minimum, resulting in a lack of supply.

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