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Hifenac - Uses - Dosages - Side Effects - Precautions

Hifenac: Frequently Asked Questions Answered

What is Hifenac?

Hifenac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is used to reduce pain and inflammation due to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. It is an expertly formulated painkiller combining aceclofenac and paracetamol. It relieves different types of muscular pain like pain resulting from sciatica, pulled muscles in the back, or even a toothache. Your doctor will advise you to take the lowest possible dosage of this drug for the shortest possible time.

What are the uses of Hifenac?

Hifenac is a uniquely formulated painkiller that helps reduce inflammation and swelling, resulting in pain and discomfort in the joints, muscles, and other systems. Its uses are to reduce inflammation in chronic illnesses like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis and to provide relief from debilitating stiffness and pain. 

Hifenac works by lowering certain chemical enzymes that trigger the body’s pain and inflammatory response. Thus, it effectively relieves you from nagging, persistent pain.

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What are the side effects of Hifenac?

The most common side effects of Hifenac are:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Heartburn
  • Diarrhea

Its rarer and more serious side effects are:

  • Constipation
  • Skin rashes
  • Increased levels of liver enzymes
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Black stools

This medicine can also lower alertness levels and affect vision. Call your doctor if these symptoms persist. The medicine is not suitable for people with kidney and/or liver disease.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Hifenac

1. Is Hifenac-P a painkiller?

Yes. Hifenac-P’s formulation of aceclofenac and paracetamol makes it a pain-killing analgesic. It is used in adults over 18 years to treat acute pain. It targets the formation of inflammatory mediators, putting an end to pain and swelling. It acts by blocking certain enzymes that lead to inflammation and pain.

2. Are Zendol- P and Hifenac the same?

Zerodol-P is an NSAID like Hifenac-P. Zerodol-P is used for combating fever and pain, but the concentration of paracetamol in this combination medicine is lower than what Hifenac-P contains. Otherwise, it acts similarly, i.e., by blocking the production of pain-triggering enzymes to provide relief from inflammation and pain.

3. Can Hifenac cause thrombosis?

Hifenac is an NSAID that also reduces the clotting of blood. This action is helpful to banish nagging pains like toothaches, earaches, and stabbing pains associated with osteoarthritis. Thus, this medicine is not associated with a higher risk of thrombosis. This is a condition that occurs when blood clots block arteries or veins.

4. Can we take Hifenac after drinking alcohol?

The answer is ‘NO’. Never consume alcohol when on Hifenac tablets, as this combination may lead to extreme and excessive drowsiness. Another thing to consider is that Hifenac and alcohol, together, increase the risk of liver damage. Remember to not drive after taking this medicine as it may affect your vision.

5. Can I take Hifenac during pregnancy?

No. Hifenac is contraindicated for pregnant women. This is because dedicated studies in animals have shown that the drug can cause harm to the fetus. Consult your doctor before taking this drug. They will weigh in and consider all available options before prescribing this medicine if you are in too much pain.

6. Is Hifenac a muscle relaxant?

Hifenac is not a muscle relaxant by itself. It can be combined with chlorzoxazone for this purpose. Hifenac’s two pain-killing components – aceclofenac and paracetamol – relieve pain. Chlorzoxazone is a muscle relaxant that works on the relevant centers in the brain and spinal cord to relieve spasms and muscle stiffness, to boost muscle mobility and motility.

7. How long does it take for Hifenac to work?

Hifenac usually shows results, i.e., a reduction in pain and swelling in just 10–30 minutes. However, it usually takes about 24 hours for this medicine to show significant improvement in the symptoms of muscle pain and stiffness. Be patient, and avoid exceeding the dosage. Overdose of Hifenac can be dangerous.

8. Does Hifenac cause acidity?

Yes. Never take Hifenac to cure stomach pain, as it can increase the secretion of stomach acids which has the potential to aggravate acidity. This especially happens if you take Hifenac on an empty stomach. The medicine must be taken only when prescribed by a doctor and after having a meal, milk, or antacids to prevent nausea.

9. Is Hifenac anti-inflammatory?

Yes. Hifenac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that works by blocking the effect of cyclo-oxygenase (COX) enzymes in the brain to reduce pain. These enzymes form certain chemical substances at the site of an injury which lead to inflammation, swelling, redness, and pain. Hifenac thus has excellent anti-inflammatory properties.

10. Is Hifenac a steroid?

Hifenac is not a steroid. It is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is excellent in combating inflammatory joint disorders like spondylitis, ankylosing spondylitis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Follow the prescribed dosages and precautions to ensure you do not develop side effects like stomach bleeding, nausea, constipation, dizziness, black stools, etc. Get in touch with our team at Yashoda Hospitals for speedy and expert medical advice and services. Contact us with your queries regarding dosage, side effects, and the benefits of taking Hifenac for pain relief.

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