Know the basics
What is Aspalgin® used for?
Aspalgin® containing aspirin 300 mg (as dispersible aspirin) and codeine phosphate 8 mg is commonly used for:
- Temporary pain relief in migraine headache, earache, period pain, rheumatic pain;
- Reduces fever and inflammation.
How should I take Aspalgin®?
For orally taken form, you should:
- Take Aspalgin® by mouth as directed by your doctor concerning: dose, schedule;
- Read the label carefully before using Aspalgin®;
- Consult your doctor for any information on the label that you do not clearly understand.
How do I store Aspalgin®?
Aspalgin® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Aspalgin® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Aspalgin® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush Aspalgin® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Know the precautions & warnings
What should I know before using Aspalgin®?
Before using Aspalgin®, tell your doctor if you have:
- Allergic reaction to any other medicines, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals;
- Used any other health conditions, drugs that have a risk of interaction with Aspalgin®.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Aspalgin® during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Aspalgin®. Aspalgin® is pregnancy risk category C, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:
- A=No risk;
- B=No risk in some studies;
- C=There may be some risk;
- D=Positive evidence of risk;
Know the side effects
What side effects can occur from Aspalgin®?
As taking others medicines, taking Aspalgin® can cause some side effects. Most of them are rarely occurring and do not need any supplementary treatment. However, it is always important for you to consult your doctor if you have any problem after taking this medicine.
Some of the side effects are listed below:
- Severe stomach pain or constipation, vomiting;
- Easy bruising, unusual bleeding, bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds;
- Weak or shallow breathing, fast or slow heartbeat;
- Confusion, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior, feeling like you might pass out;
- Seizure (convulsions);
- Decreased hearing or ringing in the ears;
- Mild constipation, nausea;
- Heartburn, upset stomach, bloating, gas, diarrhea;
- A headache, dizziness, tired feeling;
- Mild itching or rash;
- Reye’s syndrome.
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Know the interactions
What drugs may interact with Aspalgin®?
Aspalgin® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval, such as:
- Diphenylhydantoin, Sodium valproate ®, Sulphonamides, and Methotrexate;
- CNS depressants (such as anaesthetics, hypnotics, sedatives, and phenothiazines);
- Opioid analgesics;
- Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors;
Does food or alcohol interact with Aspalgin®?
Aspalgin® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
What health conditions may interact with Aspalgin®?
Aspalgin® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.
- Bleeding disorders;
- Severe hepatic disease;
- Kidney disease;
- Erosive gastritis;
- Peptic ulcer;
- Hypersensitivity to salicylates, including aspirin;
- Using anticoagulant therapy;
- Acute respiratory depression.
Understand the dosage
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Aspalgin®.
What is the dose of Aspalgin® for an adult?
2 tablets every four hours or as directed, to a maximum of 8 tablets per day.
What is the dose of Aspalgin® for a child?
- Children 12 years and over: 2 tablets every four hours or as directed, to a maximum of 8 tablets per day.
- Aspalgin® is not recommended for use in children under 12 years of age.
- In children and teenagers with chickenpox, influenza or fever; this medication is not recommended for use.
The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How is Aspalgin® available?
Aspalgin® is available in the following dosage form and strength:
- Tablet: aspirin 300 mg and codeine phosphate 8 mg.
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services (115) or go to your nearest emergency room.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Aspalgin®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
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Review Date: January 4, 2017 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017