Alaxan is a branded drug that contain two drugs: ibuprofen and paracetamol. The combination of both drugs in Alaxan provides a synergistic effect that relieves pain better than ibuprofen or paracetamol alone.
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Ibuprofen is an NSAID are used to treat various causes of pain, inflammation, and swelling. Paracetamol is not an NSAID, but it works to relieve fever and body pain.
Alaxan is mainly indicated to treat the following:
Alaxan is available as an oral tablet and Alaxan FR is available as an oral capsule. The oral capsules and tablets should be taken by mouth without chewing or crushing them. Alaxan can cause gastric irritation, therefore it should be taken with meals.
This drug should be stored at room temperature (<30°C). For safety, keep out of the reach of children and pets.
In addition, always check the label before using this product. Do not use if the printed expiration date has passed, the product seal has been broken, or the product has changed in color, odor, or consistency.
Do not dispose of this product by pouring it down the drain, toilet, or into the environment. Ask your pharmacist regarding the proper way and location of disposal.
NSAIDs, including Alaxan, are associated with an increased risk of bleeding and gastric ulceration. This risk is further increased in older patients usually over 60 years of age, those taking blood thinners, and those with blood clotting disorders.
Some groups of people with conditions like asthma or allergic rhinitis may experience an exacerbation of symptoms after using NSAIDs.
Before using this medication, inform your doctor if you have/are:
Alaxan is not recommended for use during pregnancy and is contraindicated for use during the third trimester. Alaxan and other ibuprofen-containing medications should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus, as determined by your doctor.
This drug may be excreted in breast milk. Therefore, this drug should be used while breastfeeding if your doctor approves of it.
All drugs have the potential to elicit side effects even with normal use. However, many side effects are dose-related and will resolve when it is adjusted or at the end of therapy.
You may experience some, none, or other side effects not mentioned above. However, if you have any concerns about a side effect or it becomes bothersome, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
This drug may interact with other medications. 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 inform your doctor and pharmacist.
Known drugs and their interactions with Alaxan include:
If you experience an adverse drug interaction, stop taking this drug and continue taking your other medication. Inform your doctor immediately to reevaluate your treatment plan. Your dose may need to be adjusted, substituted with another drug, or discontinue using the drug.
The absorption rate is slightly decreased with food, however, taking it with a meal prevents gastrointestinal distress. This drug should not be taken with alcohol as it may increase the risk of gastrointestinal ulceration, bleeding, and hepatotoxicity.
Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns regarding food-drug interactions.
This drug should be taken with caution if you have any of the following conditions or risk factors:
Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns regarding specific health conditions.
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult your doctor or pharmacist before using Alaxan®.
For relieving pain, fever, or inflammation
Dose adjustments for elderly patients
For relieving pain, fever, or inflammation
Children aged 12 years and older:
Children aged <12 years: not recommended for use in children of this age group, unless otherwise directed by a pediatrician.
This drug is available in the following preparations, dosage forms, and strengths:
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.
If you miss a dose of this drug, 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.
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Alaxan®, https://assets.unilab.com.ph/uploads/Common/Products/Alaxan/alaxan.pdf, Accessed April 28, 2021
Paracetamol https://www.mims.com/philippines/drug/info/paracetamol?mtype=generic Accessed April 28, 2021
Ibuprofen https://www.mims.com/philippines/drug/info/ibuprofen?mtype=generic Accessed April 28, 2021
Effect of Combination of Paracetamol (Acetaminophen) and Ibuprofen vs Either Alone on Patient-Controlled Morphine Consumption in the First 24 Hours After Total Hip Arthroplasty https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2724188 Accessed April 28, 2021
Paracetamol/ibuprofen combinations for acute pain https://www.nps.org.au/news/paracetamol-ibuprofen-combinations-for-acute-pain Accessed April 28, 2021