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Common painkiller more popular among women

Published måndag 1 april 2013 kl 15.35

More than a million Swedes had prescriptions for paracetamol, a common pain reliever and fever reducer, filled last year, and a large majority of them, 63 percent, were women.

The Medical Products Agency is not sure why this is the case, but the reason may be that women both have a lower pain threshhold than men and are more often afflicted by painful illnesses, according to news agency TT.

"Two-thirds of all painful illnesses are more common among women than men," says Axuzsanna Wiesenfeld-Hallin, professor at the institution for physiology and pharmacology at Karolinska Institutet.

Cecilia Bernsten, a researcher with the Medical Products Agency says that in general, women use more medication than men do.

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