Monday, November 5, 2012

Is Saridon Safe for Intake?

Last night as I was scanning my FB wall with my me time and an article about a drug for headache caught my attention. I was curious because the brand name is now commercially available in the market and has a catchy commercial on national TV. The article came from of  Ms. Janette Toral questioning if Saridon is safe for intake. Saridon has a 150 mg of Propyphenazone ingredient in it and claims that it will take away headache in just 15 minutes.

Ms. Toral is worried about this ingredient because it was already banned outside of the country and why it passed the BFAD and DOH approval. When we know it was banned for sure that it was lethal and it’s not good for our health, so how come this drug is available in our country (Philippines) and as affordable as the generic one? Can we take a risk to know that our fellows, our families and our friends might purchase the said drug and risk their health?

I know I’m not an expert about this matter but what’s important to me is the safety and health of my family. But Saridon’s formula contained phenacetin known to be carcinogenic or can cause cancer with prolong used. And Propyphenazone has a component of this, an NSAID or a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug like aspirin that if taken excessively can cause bleeding. And if you watch CSI series in Las Vegas you can encountered there that a suspect use this drug to slowly killed her husband, so I say that Saridon is really fatal.

Saridon commercial
Saridon's catchy commercial on National TV

And if I were you I’ll stay away with this drug and stick to what we already use like paracetamol, ibuprofen or mefenamic acid though any drug has a side effect at least these drug has a lesser negative review unlike Saridon that’s becoming to be a legal killer sitting on the shelves of pharmacy stores.

I hoped that BFAD and DOH will issue a statement regarding the safety of Saridon as a painkiller or (I say life killer), and also to Bayer who manufactured such drugs that risks health over their damn business.

Check out the link below for more info about Saridon :


  1. Oh wow! this is something everyone should know. If it got banned in other countries, surely there;s a serious reason behind. I hope this is not something our health sector failed to oversee due to incompetence again. Unless something was done to address the issue (whatever that is). Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this article. Not very familiar with Saridon but upon seeing the image, I remember the commercial na nga. For headache, my family often keep Biogesic or Advil lang.

  3. Saridon has become a hot topic lately, albeit on a negative note. I hope the DOH/BFAD address this issue the soonest.

  4. Oh man these issues should be taken more seriously and to have the proper action applied immediately. Tsk.

  5. For one the commercial is an overkill. This is really a critical matter and I hope Bayer's own Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives take out the product while doubts exists about its safety. DOH and BFAD on the otherhand should hold the product pending further studies or support on its safety.

  6. saridon is ibuprofen right? just like alaxan. i think its effective. but the commercial should be safe and effective at the same time :)

    The Bargain Doll

    1. Hi sis Rovie you misunderstood it, the common ingredients are paracetamol only, Saridon has Propyphenazone known as carnogenic in prolong use and caffeine

  7. This is sad , huh? Saridon should be banned from the Philippine market if it is really fatal to our health.


  8. Waah they should ban it here if it's banned everywhere else.

  9. We need a stronger information campaign regarding this sensitive issue. I wonder how did this medicine enter the Philippine market so easy. I mean, we are supposed to have a screening agency or something like that.

  10. I have always a headache and I drink any pain reliever available. This is new to me, now I will never buy saridon.

  11. Once a controversial medicines is banned for usage, it should be observed all throughout and the reasons why it is prohibited for intake should be made public. Anyone who takes in something should be cautious.

  12. truly, we simply want to hear from the authority.....bayer should also do a campaign to inform us about the truth about the drug