Is Saridon safe?


Few months ago, I posted a blog post about the TV ad of Saridon which has inappropriate scenes. But I read an article recently online about how safe to take Saridon.

I’m still confused on what Bayer and Department of Health on their explanation about Saridon.

I always experienced migraine every now and then, and I didn’t try to take Saridon as a remedy. I’m scared of the side effects that I read articles online.

What is Saridon? 

According to Wikipedia, “Saridon is an analgesic combination indicated for the management of headache. The currently global base formulation contains 135mg of propyphenazone, 260 mg of paracetamol and 55 mg of caffeine.The combination is designed and said to produce effective analgesia with fast onset of action in 15 minutes, as compared to paracetamol, ibuprofen, or aspirin alone”

It is used to relief migraine pain, headache, muscle ache, arthritis pain, backache, dental troubles, common cold and fever. Also relieves from minor arthritis pain but doesn’t decrease inflammation or swelling of the joints.

There’s a lot of countries banned the said medicine, which has Propyphenazone content. But here in the Philippines, it’s still available in pharmaceutical stores.

How hazardous it is? 

According to MIMS, Propyphenazone is derived from pyrazolone and is related to phenazone. It has antipyretic and analgesic properties.

I asked my sister, who is a licensed pharmacist if Saridon still available in the market. She told me that it is accessible to drug stores nationwide.

There are side effects taking Saridon includes nausea, low fever, vomiting, stomach ache, loss of appetite, dark urine, tarry stool, yellowing of the skin or eyes. And also there are allergic reactions, chest pain, and difficulty in breathing, swelling of the throat, lips, tongue and face.

Why Department of Health and Bayer not restricted using Saridon in the country?
In Sri Lanka, Korea, Malaysia and Turkey, medicine intake of Saridon is banned in these countries. Yet why is it our country didn’t ban it.

I think, DOH and its manufacturer must take action on this. Though Saridon sold at a very affordable price yet they must review Propyphenazone as an ingredient for this analgesic tablet.

by Eccentric Yet Happy