Cremaffin Syrup is a laxative and is mostly consumed to relieve constipation. This is why it is often used by older people who have weakened bowels or slowed bowel movement.
Uses: Constipation, improper bowel movement, colonoscopy, other reasons for emptying the bowels
Composition: Liquid paraffin, magnesium hydroxide, sodium picosulfate
Side Effects: Fatigue, Dizziness, Diarhhoea, Cramps, and stomach aches
Precautions: Anorexia Nervosa, Diarrhoea, pregnancy, lactation
It is also used for other situations such as painful conditions of the rectum, temporary relief from constipation, stomach acid, painful conditions of the anus, increased water in intestines, empty bowels before colonoscopy and other conditions.
Cremaffin Syrup consists of liquid paraffin (1.25 ml), magnesium hydroxide or milk of magnesia (3.75 ml) and sodium picosulfate (3.33 mg) as active ingredients.
Cremaffin Syrup is a laxative in nature, and it helps assist bowel movements and softens the stool.
- Emptying of the bowel before colonoscopy
- Increased water in intestines
- Painful condition of the anus
- Painful conditions of the rectum
- Stomach acid neutralization
- Easier passage of stool
- Softening the stool
- Smoothening effect on stomach ulcer
- Indigestion and consequent heartburn or angina
- Relieving the pain in and around rectal/anal area
- Soothe stomach ulcers
Other than these uses, Cremaffin Syrup may also be prescribed by doctors for other purposes such as cleansing and detox, or for minor operations of the colon.
Usually Cremaffin Syrup does not cause users to experience any side effects. However, sometimes patients may have hypersensitivity or may overdose, in which situations the possible side effects that one may experience after taking Cremaffin Syrup include:
- Abdominal cramps
- Abdominal discomfort
- Abdominal pain
- Appetite loss
- Itching of skin
- Loose motions
- Muscle weakness
In case, any of these side effects are experienced one must consult a doctor immediately. This is not an exhaustive list as other side effects may also be caused by the drug in specific cases. Severe side effects are rare but it is advisable to seek medical attention in case one’s condition begins to deteriorate quickly.
In order to have the best benefits, Cremaffin Syrup laxative should be taken during bedtime with water. The medicine can be taken in the morning also but that depends on the condition of the patient which is why one should consult the doctor before using it.
The dosage is prescribed by the doctor based on one’s age and their condition. One should note that it is safe to mix this medicine with ice cream or yoghurt to be given to children who might not want to take it otherwise.
Cremaffin Syrup works by stimulating the bowel muscles gently, which in turn increases peristalsis that helps, propel bowel contents out of one’s body. The medicine also lubricates and helps soften stool, helping easy passage.
The paraffin present in the formulation also aids the retention of water and fat in the stool. The milk of magnesia present in the formula also has an important role to play; it draws water into the intestine which then helps soften the stool. Sodium picosulfate stimulates the bowels and makes them work faster and effectively.
In addition to this, the medicine helps neutralize stomach acid as well thereby being effective against certain situations of angina, and acid reflux or GERD.
The medicine should not be taken on an empty stomach as this can increase the chance of side effects like diarrhoea. The instructions on the bottle, or the doctor’s advice should be followed and an overdose should be avoided.
Missed doses should be taken as soon as the patient is reminded of them, but not if the next scheduled dosage time is less than 12 hours away.
- Adults: between 7.5 ml to 15 ml
- Children below the age of 10 years: between 5 ml to 10 ml
Before consuming Cremaffin Syrup one must consult a doctor to ensure that this medicine does not interact with any of the other medicines being consumed or if there are pre-existing conditions for which this medicine is not recommended.
- Allergy to the ingredients of the drug
- Blockage of intestines
- Breastfeeding women
- Heart problem
- Intolerance to fructose or galactose
- Punctured bowel
Additionally, it is advisable that one must take the dosage as prescribed by the doctor and avoid excessive use. The drug must also not be used if one has withdrawal symptoms from benzodiazepine or alcohol. It is better to avoid operating heavy machinery or driving after taking Cremaffin Syrup as there may be unexpected bowel movement and consequent urgencies.
- Allergic conditions
- Are below the age of 10
- First trimester of pregnancy
- Intestinal obstruction
- The dosage of the medicine depends on the age and the condition of the patient. A doctor should be consulted in case a person has any queries, otherwise the instructions on the packaging should be followed.
- Cremaffin should be taken with food and not on an empty stomach lest it cause any side effects.
- When using Cremaffin, a patient should ensure that they are taking enough fluids to ensure that the medicine can do its job well.
- Since the medication can lead to habit formation, it should be used carefully. Prolonged and everyday usage is not recommended since the patient can develop a dependency on the drug.
It is safe for pregnant women and lactating mothers to use this drug.
Some medicines do not suit patients in specific cases. They may be unavailable in the market as well, and a patient may not be able to use them. In such a situation, medicines which have similar salts or compositions may also be used, and these are called substitutes.
- Gudlax-plus syrup
- Kinlax Plus Sugar free syrup
- Laxitas syrup
- Laxito plus liquid
- Laxobig suspension
- Picsul plus syrup
- Safolax suspension
- Sofject plus suspension
- Trulax plus
- Zelax-plus suspension
Consult a doctor before consuming any of the substitutes to be on the safe side.
A medicine may interact with another medicine over a period of time which can change the desirable effects of the drug. In this way, it can increase the risk of side-effects or render the drug ineffective.
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Ans: No, Cremaffin Syrup should not be refrigerated. However, it should be kept at a temperature under 28-degree Celsius.
Ans: Cremaffin Syrup takes 12 to 24 hours to show its effect. In some cases it may even take 2-3 days to show its effects.
This medicine is intended to be taken to treat constipation. The medicine helps increase peristalsis and as a result helps discharge faecal matter from the body while neutralizing stomach acid.
Ans: A proper dose of this medicine can be prescribed and given to children over the age of 19 months. However, consult a paediatrician before administering the medicine in children to avoid complications.
Ans: Milk of Magnesia helps relieve constipation by relieving the symptoms of acid indigestion, heartburn and acidity.
Ans: No, long-term use of Cremaffin Syrup as a solution for constipation is not a good idea. This is because it can cause chronic constipation after a few years since the rate of absorption of certain vitamins may get affected.
Therefore, one must consult a doctor to formulate a plan to taper off the use of the medicine.
Ans: Limited studies are available on the use of Cremaffin Syrup on liver disease. However, the results of the studies indicate that taking this medicine is not harmful to liver patients.
Ans: Limited studies are available on the use of Cremaffin Syrup on kidney disease. However, the results of the studies indicate that taking this medicine is not harmful to liver patients.
Ans: It is not advisable to use this medicine by patients with a known history of kidney diseases.
Ans: No, it is not advisable to take this medicine during pregnancy. Consult a doctor before taking this medicine.
Ans: In case one takes an overdose of the medicine and experience symptoms like muscle weakness, irregular or slow heartbeat, extreme thirst, dry mouth, blood in stool, vomiting, decreased urination, mood changes or dizziness, then one must consult a doctor at the earliest.
Ans: Yes, this drug is habit forming which is why one should avoid taking it without a doctor’s recommendation.
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