Experiment 2 Preparation of Paracetamol

Paracetamol is a very widely used drug, especially for pain relief. Like many drugs, it may have side effects and excessive Paracetamol doses can affect the stomach lining and cause internal bleeding. The synthesis of Paracetamol from its 'precursor' chemicals is very straightforward, in this experiment you will make a sample, purify it by recrystallisation and determine its melting point as a test of its purity.