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Rafacol LS Tablet CR

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Rafacol LS Tablet CR belongs to a group of medicines called steroids. It is used to treat irritable bowel syndrome. It acts locally to reduce inflammation and relieves pain and swelling.

Rafacol LS Tablet CR is taken with or without food. It should be swallowed whole with water at the same time(s) each day. Your doctor will decide the dose and how often you should take them. The effect of this medicine may be noticeable after a few days but will only reach its maximum after a few weeks. This medicine must be used regularly to be effective, so go on taking it even if you do not have any symptoms. That means it is doing its job.

The most common side effects are weight gain, increased glucose level in blood, mood changes, upset stomach, and increased risk of infection. If you get these, do not stop taking it but do talk to your doctor. There are other, rarer side effects which can be serious. Talk to your doctor if you are worried about them.

Before taking Rafacol LS Tablet CR, you should tell your doctor if you have tuberculosis, any infections in your mouth or lungs, or liver disease. While taking it you may be more at risk of getting infections so stay away from people with colds and flu. If you use Rafacol LS Tablet CR for a long time it may cause weak bones (osteoporosis) and damage to your eyes (glaucoma or cataracts). You might need tests for bone density and eye pressure. Ask your doctor whether it is safe to take this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Uses of Rafacol Tablet CR

Benefits of Rafacol Tablet CR

In Irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic (long-term) inflammatory disease of the large intestine (colon) that usually needs long term management. This can lead to bleeding, frequent diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Rafacol LS Tablet CR can relieve these symptoms although it does not cure the condition. However, continue taking Rafacol LS Tablet CR for as long as the doctor may advise you to. You need to take this medicine regularly to get the most out of it and you should drink plenty of fluids while taking it to make sure you stay hydrated.

Side effects of Rafacol Tablet CR

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Rafacol

  • Headache
  • Respiratory tract infection
  • Back pain
  • Indigestion
  • Dizziness
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Vomiting
  • Flatulence

How to use Rafacol Tablet CR

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Rafacol LS Tablet CR may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Rafacol Tablet CR works

Rafacol LS Tablet CR is a steroid. It works by blocking the production of certain chemical messengers that cause the inner surface of the large intestine (colon and rectum) to become ulcerated and inflamed (swollen) resulting in pain.

Safety Advice

It is unsafe to consume alcohol with Rafacol LS Tablet CR.
Rafacol LS Tablet CR may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Rafacol LS Tablet CR is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
Rafacol LS Tablet CR does not usually affect your ability to drive.
Rafacol LS Tablet CR is probably safe to use in patients with kidney disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Rafacol LS Tablet CR may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.
Rafacol LS Tablet CR should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Rafacol LS Tablet CR may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Rafacol LS Tablet CR is not recommended in patients with severe liver disease as the data available in these patients is very limited.

Alternate Brands

For informational purposes only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicines.
No alternate brands found for this medicine

Quick Tips

  • Rafacol LS Tablet CR ‘dampens down’ inflammation in the lungs to provide long-term (maintenance) treatment of asthma and prevent disease progression.
  • Rafacol LS Tablet CR will not work for an ongoing asthma attack. Use your rescue inhaler to control sudden difficulty in breathing.
  • Take it at the same time every day to prevent asthma attacks.
  • Gargle with warm water after each inhalation to avoid any fungal infections in your mouth and throat.
  • Never breathe out into the mouthpiece.
  • Only minuscule amounts of Rafacol LS Tablet CR may get absorbed into the bloodstream after inhalation. Hence, serious side effects such or weight gain are unlikely.

Fact Box

Chemical Class
Inhalational Corticosteriods
Habit Forming
Therapeutic Class

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Rafacol with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
Brand(s): Ketozoe, Ketazol, Tako
Brand(s): M Spirin, Aspirin, Asalite
Brand(s): Hospicin B, Amfocare, Amphocil
Brand(s): Natnox

Patient Concerns

Irritable bowel syndrome with gum motions
Dr. Aanchal Maheshwari
Take bilbadi churan 1 spoon twice , stop IBS tablet 2 tablet twice with waterKutajarisht 20 ml twice after meal
Irritable bowel syndrome for more than 10 yrs
Dr. Aanchal Maheshwari
Start taking Stop Ibs tablet 1 tablet thrice in a day
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Q. Is Rafacol LS Tablet CR effective?

Rafacol LS Tablet CR is effective if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Do not stop taking it even if you see improvement in your condition. If you stop using Rafacol LS Tablet CR too early, the symptoms may return or worsen.

Q. Does Rafacol LS Tablet CR raise blood sugar?

If you are taking Rafacol LS Tablet CR orally, your blood sugar levels may increase. However, in rare cases, there could be an increase in the blood sugar levels when Rafacol LS Tablet CR is used as an inhaler and in very high doses for a very long time.

Q. Does Rafacol LS Tablet CR cause bone loss?

Rafacol LS Tablet CR being a steroid tends to decrease bone density, but this is usually seen in patients who take Rafacol LS Tablet CR in high doses and for a very long time. Take Rafacol LS Tablet CR as per the doctor’s advice to decrease the chances of developing decreased bone density.

Q. What if I forget to take a dose of Rafacol LS Tablet CR?

If you forget a dose of Rafacol LS Tablet CR, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next scheduled dose in the prescribed time. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one as this may increase the chances of developing side effects.

Q. Does Rafacol LS Tablet CR weaken the immune system?

Rafacol LS Tablet CR may weaken the immune system; however, it is more common in people who take Rafacol LS Tablet CR orally (tablet or capsule).

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