Just recently I was browsing through the racks at a pharmacy and I was wondering why there was a proliferation of drugs with a generic name that includes caffeine. The last time that I took up pharmacology and had my tour of duty, this was not part of the things I needed to memorize for my revalida.
Here in the Philippines, paracetamol, ibuprofen, mefenamic acid and
aspirin are the most common antidote for headaches and pains. Then you
pair this with betet, Vick's or White Flower. Whichever floats your
When I saw an article about Saridon written by Janette Toral, I got curious. Turns out Saridon contains 250 mg Paracetamol, 150 mg Propyphenazone and
50 mg Caffeine more specifically Saridon is the most potent headache or
migraine reliever around. It claims to rid you of your pain in just 15
is the first substance to be activated. This gives an immediate
analgesic effect. The paracetamol prolongs its efficacy while caffeine
increases its potency since it is a natural analgesic. Not only is it
used as an analgesic, it is also a muscle relaxant and antipyretic.
The original formula for Saridon contained a phenacetin,
a carcinogenic or cancer causing substance. A component of this was
Propyphenazone. It is an NSAID or a non-steroidal
anti-inflammatory drug like aspirin. So if taken excessively can cause
bleeding. Since this is an over the counter drug, only a few people know
about this fact. This is also contraindicated for ages 12 years old and
below. Paracetamol is also hepatotoxic. This can cause liver damage
when used in excess or when paired with alchohol.
There have been documented reports by medical watchdogs of how toxic
this drug can be but if you do an online search you will only find
diziness, shortness of breath and fainting as one of its side effects.
Is there more that we don't know of?
Another controversy that surrounds this drug is its prevalent use in our
country despite other nations banning it. If other countries are
banning the use of this drug why is the Philippines actively promoting
it? It is also interesting to note that this product was initially
actively promoted, distributed and sold in Visayas and Mindanao. Why is
it not being sold in Luzon? Are we here in the Visayas and Mindanao
their guinea pigs? Are they testing us without our knowledge? Where is
the morality in all these?
Another issue with this drug is Bayers lack of information and internet
presence of this drug, except of course the negative ones. DOH,BFAD and
Bayer has the social responsibility of informing us, the consuming
public of the results of clinical trials done on this drug.
What is the government doing about Saridon?
Just imagine all the trouble it will cause if you buy this drug without
knowing these facts. It is just right that this product from Bayer be
banned from the market.