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Composition for ANACIN

Aspirin(ASA)(400 mg),Caffeine(40 mg)

food interaction for ANACIN

alcohol interaction for ANACIN

pregnancy interaction for ANACIN

lactation interaction for ANACIN

There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Taking Aspirin with alcohol increases the associated risk of stomach bleeding.
Taking caffeine with alcohol may impair the motor coordination
Anacin 400mg/40mg tablet is unsafe to use during pregnancy.
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk, but the benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk, for example in life-threatening situations. Please consult your doctor.
Anacin 400mg/40mg tablet is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.


Aspirin(ASA)(400 mg)


Aspirin is used to treat pain including headache, migraine, neuralgia, toothache, sore throat, pain in joints, period pains and to reduce fever. It is also used as an anti-platelet agent (blood thinner) to decrease chances of heart attack in patients.

How it works

Aspirin (acetyl salicylic acid) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Aspirin reduces the production of a chemical (prostaglandin) in the body by blocking the enzyme that makes prostaglandins (cyclooxygenase). Therefore,  swelling, pain, and fever are reduced. This also helps in blood thinning and in preventing clotting.

Common side effects

Nausea, Bronchoconstriction (constriction of air passages), Angioedema (swelling of deeper layers of skin), Bleeding, Cerebral hemorrhage, Dizziness, Shortness of breath, Gastrointestinal discomfort, Gastric erosion, Gastric ulcer, Gastrointestinal bleeding, Hepatitis (viral infection of liver), Enlarged liver, Indigestion, Respiratory alkalosis, Running nose, Ringing in ear, Urticaria, Vertigo, Vomiting
Caffeine(40 mg)


Caffeine is used in combination with pain killers (aspirin and paracetamol) to ease pain that includes headache, migraine, neuralgia, toothache, sore throat, period pains, relief of sprains, strains, rheumatic pain, muscular aches and pains, joint swelling and stiffness, influenza, feverishness and feverish colds. As caffeine citrate, it is used to treat absence of breathing seen in newborns (primary apnea of premature newborns).

How it works

Caffeine is a drug which belongs to a group of medicines called methylxanthines. Caffeine acts against a chemical called adenosine in the body, and thereby reduces pain. Caffeine also stimulates the brain (central nervous system), heart, and muscles and improves the drive to breathe.

Common side effects

Frequent urge to urinate, Abdominal pain, Anxiety, Excitement, Flushing, Altered heart rate, Insomnia, Restlessness, Tremor


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Expert advice for ANACIN

• Take the drug with food to lower the chances of an upset stomach
• Consult your doctor if you have ringing in ears, unusual bleeding or nausea or vomitting after taking this drug
• Do not take this drug if you have or had stomach ulcer. 
• Do not start or continue the aspirin tablets and consult your doctor:
          - If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to aspirin or any of the other ingredients of aspirin tablet.
          - If you have history of asthma, urticarial, rhinitis, hay fever, chronic respiratory diseases,nasal polyps or other sensitivity reaction precipitated by other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents.

Frequently asked questions for ANACIN


 Q. Is aspirin same as disprin, ecosprin and loprin?
Yes. All the three brands (disprin, ecosprin and loprin) contain aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) as main ingredient.
Q. Is ecosprin a beta blocker?
No. Ecosprin (aspirin) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug.
Q. Is aspirin/disprin good for hangover?
No. However, alcohol consumption with aspirin increases the risk of bleeding.
Q. Is ecosprin a blood thinner?
Yes. Ecosprin (aspirin) reduces the effect of certain chemical messenger systems in the body. These compounds are responsible for platelet (thrombocyte) aggregation or blood clotting. Consequently, Aspirin may considerably reduce the risk of clots.
Q. Is aspirin/dispirin good for heart?
Yes. Aspirin at low dose generally prescribed to prevent and treat heart attacks. Patient should take a daily aspirin only if your doctor advises you to do so.
Q. Is aspirin good for hair growth?
No. Aspirin has no role on hair growth.
Q. Is aspirin safe?
Aspirin is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.


Q. What is caffeine? 
Caffeine is a drug which belongs to a group of medicines called methylxanthines. It is also present in tea, coffee, some chocolates and soft drinks, in addition to some medicines. It acts on the brain to increase alertness and energy levels. However, too much caffeine is harmful.
Q. Is caffeine alcohol? 
No, caffeine is not alcohol; it belongs to a group of medicines called methylxanthines. It acts on the brain to increase alertness and energy levels. However, it must be remembered that too much caffeine is harmful.
Q. Is caffeine good or bad?
Caffeine; if taken as medicine for recommended indications and in adequate dosage it provides beneficial effects. Too much caffeine is harmful. Always consult your doctor if you get any of the bad effects or side effects after use of caffeine.
Q. Is caffeine good for hair?
There is no report available on the use of caffeine and hair growth. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use.
Q. Is caffeine addictive?
No, caffeine is not in the list of addictive drugs. Addiction is said to occur when there is persistent, compulsive dependence on a behavior or substance; without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death. Caffeine does not meet this definition. However, people who have taken it for long may experience "caffeine withdrawal" symptoms like headache, anxiety, fatigue, drowsiness or depression, 12–24 hours after the last dose of caffeine but resolves within 24–48 hours. 
Q. Is caffeine good for heart?
Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant, and is used in combination with pain-relieving medication to ease headache, migraine pain, neuralgia, toothache, sore throat and period pains. Increased doses may have side effects like increased heart rate (tachycardia), abnormal heart beats (cardiac arrhythmias). Always consult your doctor for the recommended indications, doses and side effects, if any.


Content on this page was last updated on 05 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)