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Panadol is a name that is known worldwide and is synonymous with being the most effective remedy against various ailments. It is found in every almost every home in the 85 countries where it is sold. Health professionals recommend it as the first treatment of choice for pain relief as it is safe to use and has very few side effects. The range has been expanded to include multi-symptom cold relief in several major markets.

The minute you feel a headache coming on or any other condition that requires pain relief, chances that you reach for a Panadol are extremely high. It is a trusted brand and in 2000, the Panadol Quality Seal was launched with this message:

"Panadol's first responsibility is to you and your family. That is why Panadol's products always meet the most stringent standards for quality. It is consistent in both performance and safety. The Panadol name is a guarantee of our commitment to you. It has worked hard to earn your trust and it will work even harder to keep it."


This inconspicuous white tablet began its journey through pharmaceutical history in the late 19th century. At that time quinine was the main treatment for fevers and there was a scarcity of the drug. The need for a synthetic substitute arose and N-acetyl-P (commonly known as Paracetamol) was discovered. Rigorous clinical studies were carried out and Panadol was finally launched by Sterling Drug Inc. in 1955 as a tablet containing 500mg of Paracetamol.

Panadol was introduced into Malaysia in 1957 and by 1962 Sterling Drug Malaysia had started its business here. They marketed the brand through hospitals initially, gaining acceptance from the medical community. By the Seventies, the brand had gained enormous popularity and could be found anywhere from pharmacies to supermarkets and clinics. It has become the foremost OTC pain reliever in the country.

Panadol – The Product

Panadol has expanded beyond that familiar white tablet and is now available in various shapes and forms catering to the different needs of the consumer. In 1978 Panadol Child Syrup was launched, followed by Panadol Child Chewable, and most recently Panadol Drops for babies.

The launch of Panadol Menstrual was a milestone because it was the first form of pain relief strictly for women. Then came Panadol Soluble aimed at those who wanted rapid pain relief. The range of Panadol products to date covers everyone from the busy professional and women to children and babies.

Panadol Cold and Panadol Cold Flu brings much-needed relief from fever, blocked / runny nose and all the other unpleasant symptoms associated with the flu. Both products contain a decongestant and Panadol Cold Flu also has an antihistamine to dry nasal secretions.

The Value of Panadol

Since its inception, Panadol has proved to be one of the most successful and valuable medications ever created and is trusted by everyone. GSK believes in the highest standards of research and production, and will continue to create Panadol products which are relevant to the evolving needs and expectations of consumers. It is not by coincidence that whenever you have a headache, fever or any other minor ache, Panadol is the first thing that comes to mind. This is because you know what is best for you and that you can always trust Panadol.

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