Banned Painkiller Medicines/Drugs All Around the World, But not in India

The ban has not been found to be uniform outside India, while some countries would ban it, some would continue with its usage based on its independent data studies,” said DG Shah, director general of Indian Pharmaceutical Association. Now here is the list of famous banned painkiller medicines or drugs we used in our daily life. These  medicines actually banned in many countries but still available in India.

Banned Painkiller Medicines/Drugs All Around the World, But not in India
Banned Painkiller Medicines/Drugs All Around the World, But not in India

Banned Painkiller Medicines/Drugs

1Analgin (Painkiller)

Analgin drug is from the group of pyrazolones. It contains an active compound called metamizole. It works by reducing the pain and fever, used in the treatment of sever pain and severe stomach pain (antipyretic and analgesic).

In 1996, the Indian government banned the combination of the drug analgin with any other drugs. Though last year, the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) did ban the drug, but it again reversed the decision earlier this year. Today analgin on its own can be legally sold in India. According to the expert, Analgin a drug for headache is a obsolete drug and banned in countries like United States of America, France and Australia. Analgin is just one among many such drugs—sold in India, banned elsewhere.

Reason for Ban: Bone marrow depression

Brand name: Novalgin

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2Oxyphenbutazone (Opioid Painkiller)

Oxyphenbutazone, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that has been banned in many countries. In India, Ministry of Health also banned its combination with any other drugs though Oxyphenbutazone is available as a single drug.

Reason for Ban: Its side effects include bone marrow depression thereby reducing the number of blood cells in human body.

Brand name: Sioril

3Disprin (Painkiller)

The brand name of Asprin, is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. This medicine is used to ease pain, but was banned in 2002 by the US Government drug safety body for children under 16. Side effects of Disprin was found to cause a rare condition that causes swelling of the liver and brain.

Reason of Ban: It can lead to severe vomiting and drowsiness, medically known as Reye’s syndrome.

4Nimesulide (Opioid Painkiller)

Nimesulide is a non-opioid painkiller that was found to cause liver failure and was never introduced in the US. Children with viral infection were particularly susceptible to this adverse effect of nimesulide. In India, its use in children below 12 years of age is banned and although some combinations of Nimesulide with other drugs banned by Ministry of Health. 

Nimsulide has not yet been approved by FDA. Nimsulide is also banned in some countries like India, Japan, Finland, Spain, Turkey, Israel, and Sri Lanka due to increased chances of hepatotoxicity.

Reason of Ban : Side effects of this drugs cause severe liver failure.

Brand name: Nise and Nimulid

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5Propoxyphene (Opioid Painkiller)

Propoxyphene is in a group of drugs called narcotic pain relievers and cough suppressant, used to relieve mild to moderate pain. The precise mechanism of action is not known but may involve stimulation of opioid (narcotic) receptors in the brain.

Brand: Darvon & Darvocet, 55 years on the market

Use: Opioid pain reliever

Manufacturer: Xanodyne 1955 to Nov. 19, 2010

Reason of Ban: It is an opioid painkiller that may alter the electrical activity of the heart, causing problems in heart rhythm. It is not banned in India. FDA pregnancy category C. propoxyphene may be harmful to an unborn baby. This drug could cause breathing problems or addiction/withdrawal symptoms in a newborn.

Crocin this is the brand name of the drug launched by gsk (glaxo smith kline). Its active constituent is paracetamol, which is used to treat pain and fever etc. There are over more than 200 brands of only paracetamol all over world. Paracetamol has some side effects and adverse effects (when taken in large doses). Liver damage is most common if continued for a long time. But paracetamol has very rare side effects when taken alone. See fixed drug combinations of paracetamol banned by Ministry of Health. These are only famous banned painkiller medicines, see complete list of 264 deadly drug combinations banned by Ministry of Health.

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