My Lola always tells me “I-Paracetamol mo!” or “Use a Paracetamol!” if I have a head-ache.
Basically, Paracetamol is a trusted household name in the country. Paracetamol can be found in medicine cabinet or every household, and any sari-sari store has a stock to sell. From my Lola to my mother and now, I also say to my child they may experience head-ache or tooth-ache to use a Paracetamol.
So after hearing/reading a paracetamol brand that is causing more harm than good, It makes me really furious!
So what is the deal with this Saridon painkiller?
It seems that Saridon is a pain killer being distributed by Bayer in Indonesia and not in the Philippines. But the new and reformulated Saridon Triple Action is widely available in the Visayas and Mindanao region. It’s currently being marketed as a clinically proven safe and effective pain relief against headache, muscle pain and toothache. It is also proven to work faster and better without sacrificing safety(stated in Wikipedia).
As a matter of fact, I searched the Bayer website and nothing was stated that it is being sold in the Philippines. I did more digging of my own to see if I can get any positive information about Saridon. I got a YouTube recording of their advertisement which I could presume is being aired in the Visayas and Mindanao regoin of the country.
Facts about Saridon
1. Saridon is a paracetamol brand that is band by the US Food and Drug Administration
2. Saridon is exclusively distributed in the Visayas and Mindanao
3. Saridon contains 250 mg of Paracetamol, 150 mg of Propyphenazone, and 50 mg of Caffeine
4. Saridon has no website to give informative fact for their customer/patient
5. Saridon has more complaints that it had given more unwanted side effect
So with this in mind, a lot of questions keeps popping in my head: Why is it only being distributed on the Visayas and Mindanao regions? Has the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Philippines known of this issue? Is it really safe to use Saridon? and other more stuff that will continue to pops if issues and questions are left unanswered.
In todays interactive age, everyone is now depending on the web to get information. So not finding any information is not a good thing for a product that is saying that it is safe to use. It only cause doubts and questions about the product.