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Paracetamol, a painkiller universally recommended to treat people with acute lower back pain, does not speed recovery or reduce pain from the condition, according to the results of a large trial published Thursday.A study published in the Lancet medical journal found that the popular pain medicine, best known locally as the brand Panadol, was no better than placebo, or dummy, pills for hastening recovery from acute bouts of low back pain or easing pain levels, function, sleep or quality of life.Currently, every back pain treatment guideline in the world recommends paracetamol as the first-line analgesic and Williams said this was despite the fact that no previous studies have provided robust evidence that it works in this condition.In Williams' trial, 1,652 people from Sydney with acute low back pain were randomly assigned to receive up to four weeks of paracetamol, either in regular doses three times a day, or as needed, or to receive placebos.
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