These medicines can cause major issues to your body

  • Feb 01 , 2017

There are many medicines which are banned outside India, but here they are easily available. So easily, that you don’t even need any prescription to buy them. Medicine like Crocin, which is banned in the USA, is easily available here. Some people often take this medicine without having any idea of how harmful it can be for their body and health.

Here we have a list of medicines which are banned outside but not in India:

  • Analgin: Painkiller.

Brand name: Novalgin.

Reason for ban: Bone marrow depression.

  • Cisapride: For Acidity, Constipation.

Brand name: Ciza, Syspride.

Reason for ban: Irregular heartbeat.

  • Furazolidone: Antidiarrhoeal.

Brand name: Furoxone, Lomofen.

Reason for ban: Cancer.

  • Nimesulide: Painkiller, for fever.

Brand name: Nise, Nimulid.

Reason for ban: Liver failure.

  • Nitrrofurazone: Anti-bacterial cream.

Brand name: Furacin.

Reason for ban: Cancer.

  • ​​​​​Phenylpronolamine: For cold and cough.

Reason for ban: Damage to sight.

Brand name: Entreroquinol.

  • Quoniodochlor: Anti-diarrhoeal.

Reason for ban: Nerve damage.

Brand name: Piperazine.

  • Piperazine: Anti-worms.

Reason for ban: Bone marrow depression.

Brand name: Sioril.

  • Oxyphenbutazone: Anti-inflammatory drug (non-steroidal).

Reason for ban: Stroke.

Brand name: D’cold, Vicks Action 500

Drugs such as crocin, paracetamol and calpol are commonly used in India as a go-to medicine for fever and headache, or any type of body aches. But, how does the drug magically relieve these symptoms? The answer is acetaminophen, the active ingredient in these drugs.


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The main known side effect of acetaminophen is serious allergic reaction. Symptoms are rashes, itching, swelling of face, throat or tongue, sever dizziness and trouble in breathing.

Government’s move

One of India’s most popular medicines for cough and cold, Vicks Action 500 Extra, will not be available in chemist shops any more after the government banned fixed dose combination drugs. Combination drugs are used worldwide to improve patients’ compliance, as it is easier to get patients to take one drug rather than several. In 2014, government had set up a committee to review more than 6,000 combinations that had entered the market based only on state regulators’ approval. Policymakers gave pharmaceutical companies a chance to retroactively prove the safety and efficacy of these drugs by submitting data on their drugs.

The committee was tasked with classifying drugs into rational, irrational, and those that need further studies. Now based on responses and assessment of products, more than 300 drugs have been prohibited.

Apart from Vicks, India has banned the manufacture and sale of more than 300 combination medicines, including two widely used cough syrups, being sold without government approval. The move is aimed at curbing the misuse of such medicines in India, where nearly half the drugs sold in 2014 were so called ‘fixed dose combinations’. Drug majors Pfizer and Abbott have stopped sale of their popular cough syrups Corex and Phensedyl respectively, after the government banned 344 fixed dose combinations (FDCs) drugs.

Doctors and public health experts in India and abroad have warned that increasing use of antibiotic combinations in India may be contributing to antibiotic resistance. India is a particular concern as the market share of combination drugs versus single drug is bigger than anywhere in the world. It was reported how powerful antibiotic cocktail being marketed in India by a unit of Abbott and many other local companies did not carry approval from the central government.

The combination was not approved for sale in major markets such as the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Japan and Australia.

Several medical experts said it did not make sense to prescribe the cocktail for cold symptoms. However, according to reports, Abbott's former and current medical representatives said the combination was being promoted and administered as a treatment for a wide variety of illnesses, including colds and fevers.

P.S- Though many of the drugs are banned by the government and some can’t be taken without prescription. Yet, the purchase and sale is on. People do not want to know about the side-effects of the medicines they are taking.

Do understand the drug you are taking, know about it, even if it is banned or not. Don’t forget to know about the side-effects of the medications you take in day to day life. Do not purchase the medicines which are banned even if they are available. This is the only way you can do your bit towards the citizens fighting corruption. And above all, take care of your own self and your loved ones.