Paracetamol, also known as acetaminophen, is a common over-the-counter medication used for pain relief and reducing fever. It belongs to the class of analgesics (pain relievers) and antipyretics (fever reducers). When taken as directed, paracetamol is generally safe and effective for alleviating mild to moderate pain and fever associated with various conditions such as headaches, muscle aches, arthritis, colds, and flu.