Alka-Seltzer are tablets designed to relieve mild to moderate pain including rheumatic and muscular pain, sprains and strains, backache, nerve pain (neuralgia), migraine, headache, toothache, sore throat and period pain.
They can also be used to lower a high temperature and relieving the symptoms of colds and flu. Use these tablets when you are feeling any of the above, and want a quick relief from pain.
Aspirin, the active ingredient in Alka-Seltzer, belongs to a group of medicines called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. It works by blocking the action of an enzyme in the body called cyclo-oxygenase (COX).
Do not take Alka Seltzer if:
Take special care if:
Avoid using Alka Seltzer if you are taking any of the following medication: Warfarin, diuretics or Sodium Valproate.
See the patient information leaflet for other medication you should be aware of before taking this specific medication.
Always make sure that the directions for taking this medicine are followed closely. Ask your doctor or another healthcare professional if you’re unsure of how to take these tablets.
Adults and children over 16:
Firstly, dissolve two tablets in 100ml of water and drink. You may repeat this every 4 hours as required.
This medicine is not recommended for anybody under the age of 16.
Do not take these tablets more than 8 times in 24 hours. If you exceed the dosage, contact your doctor or nearest hospital immediately.
If you miss your dose, carry on as normal. Do not take more tablets to catch up.
If symptoms persist, discontinue use and speak to your doctor for further help and information.
Side effects of taking Alka Seltzer may include:
What treatment options are there for headache and migraine
Drinking lots of water is essential to keep yourself healthy. Drinking as much water as possible whilst taking this medicine or after you have used it will greatly reduce the chances of having persistent headaches and migraine.
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