Common painkiller more popular among women
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.