I have been reading up a couple of online posts about this drug Saridon which is said to provide fast acting relief from headaches.  Based from the website The Filipino Doctor, it provides instant relief from headache in as fast as 15 minutes and is trusted worldwide in over 80 countries.  It seems that it is also the most popular  choice of medicine for headache in the Visayas and Mindanao regions  as it is relatively cheap compared to other analgesic medicines. Saridon contains three active ingredients: Paracetamol (250 mg.), Propyphenazone (150 mg), and Caffeine  (50 mg.). This triple action formula makes it better than individual doses of paracetamol and Ibuprofen for some.

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But then there have been quite a number of posts  now questioning the safe use this drug due to one of  its active ingredient, Propyphenazone (Propyphenazone is structurally related to aminophenazone, a drug highly associated with severe blood dyscrasias).  According to Mr. Ducky Paredes in his recent blogpost on Saridon, Lareb, a Dutch Pharmacovigilance Center, cited 20 harmful effects of Saridon  ten of which are being said to cause nausea, fainting, low blood pressure, weakening of the heart, and worst even death. Ms. Janette Toral in her column dated Oct. 30 at sunstar.com.ph also mentioned that countries such as  Sri Lanka, Korea, Malaysia and Turkey have banned and restricted the use of Saridon. This makes me wonder then if extensive studies here in the Philippines have been done prior to its approval.
I was trying to search online for statements from DOH and Bayer clarifying the issue but did not find any. The one link I found which would direct me to the official statement and explanation of a Dr. Abola of Bayer, appeared to have been taken down from the net.  Unless there is a clear reference whether online or in print, where people can elevate their concerns or where Bayer and DOH can issue official statements to alleviate  people’s fears and doubts, the big shadow of doubt about its safe use will continue to persist.
After doing my own online research, I completely understand the hype about Saridon. I have close family and friends who suffer from migraines, I shudder at the thought that they might be taking this drug whose safety is in big question. According to Wikipedia, Saridon is the only pain medication in the country that has three active ingredients, and the only one listing caffeine as one of its ingredients. All the more that people should be careful in taking this without official clarification from DOH or Bayer. There’s much to be said about combination drugs.
Keeping this note open for official  response from the DOH and Bayer. As of the moment, they are still mum on the issue. Will update this as soon as I get hold of their official statements.

8 comments on “Saridon and It's Safety Issue”

  1. I think they should either a clear medical bulletin on this or pull out the product from the market just for the sake of Corporate Social Responsibility of Bayer and also of DOH.

  2. My option is also same as franc they should either a clear medical bulletin on this or pull out the product from the market. coz it have some very bad side effect and many few of us know those.

  3. As the saying goes, if in doubt, don’t. I’d rather deal with headaches, naturally, like sleeping, lol! rather than suffer the effects of too much chemicals. I do hope they have this issue cleared asap!

  4. This is the first time I heard about Saridon and will surely give the information back to my friends and family that they have to be careful in taking medicines without consulting the doctor. It’s good you are disseminating the information about the possible hazardous effect of this medicine. And I do hope that DOH and Bayer will give us true and clear information about this medicine before it’s too late.

  5. My mom lost her mother when she took saridone for migrane, it caused her blood poisoning and cancer. The medicine was later banned from Lebanese local market in the 60s for claims it causes cancer and other fatal desease.

  6. Maybe you should search for a more reliable source than wikipedia. We all know that wikipedia is editable. On the other hand, I appreciate your post. Thank you for sharing this.

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