Redaflam is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory analgesic drug, which means that it has anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antiseptic functions. It is used to treat the symptoms of painful osteoarthritis, acute pain and primary dysmenorrhea. The use of redaflam, despite being quite common, should not be used lightly, as the drug can have different side effects.
Its use is usually prescribed when there are acute conditions in the upper respiratory tract, although it is also used to treat different conditions such as: pharyngitis, acute otitis, acute cystitis and mild tendonitis.
What is redaflam for?
The main benefits of using redaflam can be observed in the treatment of acute pain that can be caused by different diseases: bone, joint or muscle pain; urinary tract pain, dental pain, and even in the case of serious menstrual disorders.
This medicine can also be used to treat other conditions such as: otitis, acute cystitis, bursitois, menstrual cramps, gynecological disorders, respiratory tract conditions and surgical interventions.
As it is an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and fever-reducing drug, redaflam tends to have several uses.
Redaflam serves as an antipyretic
Redaflam can act as an adjunct in febrile cases, which is why it is usually used in cases of serious respiratory infections such as tonsillitis, otitis, pharyngitis and sinusitis.
Redaflam serves as an anti-inflammatory
Redaflam is a prostaglandin inhibitor and its effects. Also, this drug can disable the activity of metalloprotins, which is found in cartilage. That is why it is a drug that is usually prescribed in some cases of dislocations, sprains, trauma, sprains and bursitis.
Redaflam serves as a pain reliever
The reason why redaflam is prescribed in cases of severe pain is that it has an analgesic effect, being extremely useful in cases of inflammation and fever.
How is the dose of redaflam taken?
Redaflam is not a medicine that should be used without a doctor’s prior indication. However, the indicated dose is usually as follows:
- It should not be used in children under 12 years of age. For children 12 years and older, the dose is usually 100 mg twice a day.
- In adults the dose used should be 100 mg twice a day. A dose of 200 mg per day should not be exceeded.
- When used in the elderly, the dose has to be reduced. In this case it is very important to consult a doctor.
The medicine should be taken with a little water and preferably before or after a meal to reduce any gastric discomfort it may cause. Similarly, this treatment should not be applied for more than 15 days, unless the doctor’s prescription indicates otherwise.
It should not be taken at the same time as other medications that may have an effect on the liver.
Being a pain reliever, many people choose to use it in cases of headaches. Although it can be effective, in these cases it is recommended to use a drug that is more tolerable. The reason this medicine should not be used without a prescription is because it can have a large number of side effects. Reason why redaflam has been withdrawn from the market in several countries.
What to do in case of an overdose?
In the event of an overdose with redaflam, the person should immediately induce vomiting and contact a doctor, as the person may need not only a medical evaluation, but a gastric lavage and the administration of activated charcoal.
Contraindications and warnings on the use of redaflam
In case the person has any of the following conditions, it is necessary to avoid the consumption of redaflam, as it can cause serious damage to health.
Redaflam in pregnancy
In this scenario, there is the possibility that the consumption of redaflam causes a premature closure in the structure called the ductus arteriosus during the last trimester of pregnancy. This has serious consequences on the health of the baby.
Redaflam while breastfeeding
It is necessary to avoid the consumption of this medicine while breastfeeding, since it is unknown whether the medicine can be excreted in the mother’s milk.
Redaflam and some diseases
Redaflam can have adverse effects in people with diabetes mellitus, hepatitis, alcoholism, colitis, hepatitis, divertculitis, Crohn’s disease, systemic lupus erythematosus, hemorrhoids, or smokers.
Redaflam in patients with active gastric ulcer
For patients who are at risk of gastric ulcers, taking redaflam may not present any harm, but people who already have a gastric ulcer or who have already suffered one may experience stomach bleeding.
Redaflam in people with kidney problems
Consuming redaflam can lead to a deterioration in the kidney function of the patient. Also, the liver is at risk of damage with a short exposure in people who suffer from a liver condition or who are taking redaflam together with other medications or drugs that have effects on the liver. Drinking alcohol can also cause problems.
Use of redaflam in heart patients
It is necessary to consult a specialist about the consumption of redaflam in the case of people who have suffered heart attacks, pulmonary hypertension, angina pectoris or heart failure, as it could run the risk of worsening their situation.
Hypersensitivity to its components
Patients who are hypersensitive to acetylsalicylic acid, the active ingredient in redaflam, or other non-steroidal drugs.
What medications can interact with redaflam?
In addition to the aforementioned contraindications, there are certain types of medications that should be avoided at the same time as redaflam, since you could inhibit its effect or have a reaction.
- All patients who are treating a different condition with another drug and who have limited gastric tolerance should be very careful. Especially those who are being treated with acetylsalicylic acid or anticoagulants, as these can increase the effect of the two medications.
- Administering redaflam and lithium at the same time may cause an increase in plasma lithium levels. For this reason, it is necessary to remain vigilant with people receiving oral hypoglycemic or hydatonia and sulfonylureas treatment.
- Likewise, it is of the utmost importance that those patients with liver abnormalities be careful with the consumption of redaflam, since they could present the appearance of adverse reactions, especially with drugs that are potentially hapatotoxic.
Redaflam side effects
Side effects can vary from one person to another and the risk of occurrence can be drastically reduced if all the doctor’s instructions are followed.
Among the most common side effects are:
- Threw up
- Eczema or itching
- Excessive sweating
The mentioned list does not cover all the side effects that may occur, therefore, when observing any alteration or reaction other than those mentioned, the patient should notify their doctor immediately to know the exact consequences.
Conclusion: Is it recommended to use redaflam?
Redaflam is a very effective medicine that has several functions and is useful for treating different conditions, as we have just seen. For this reason redaflam is one of the most prescribed options by specialists. However, like other medications, it should not be used deliberately and without a prescription, as this could increase the chances of adverse reactions or an unwanted side effect.
Dr. Samantha Robson ( CRN: 0510146-5) is a nutritionist and website content reviewer related to her area of expertise. With a postgraduate degree in Nutrition from The University of Arizona, she is a specialist in Sports Nutrition from Oxford University and is also a member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.