What is APC?
APC is used to treat mild to moderate pain and relieves a wide variety of ailments, such as fever, the common cold and flu. It also reduces headache, muscle pain, toothache and nerve pain. APC contains the active ingredients acetylsalicylic acid, paracetamol and caffeine, which belong to a class of medicines that reduce pain and fever. Acetylsalicylic acid and paracetamol work by blocking the production of prostaglandins, which helps to suppress pain, fever and inflammation. Caffeine is a mild stimulant that reduces fatigue by stimulating the central nervous system. The combination of these ingredients work together to relieve pain fast.
What is APC used for?
APC is a mild painkiller that is used to treat fever and pain from the flu and common cold. It also reduces headache, toothache, nerve pain, muscular or rheumatic pain, and menstrual pain. APC is also used to help with pain after injections.
How to use APC
APC tablets should be dissolved in a large glass of water. Stir to ensure the tablet has fully dissolved before drinking. Drink some extra water after taking the tablet. APC works best on an empty stomach: half an hour before meals is the best way to get the most benefit from this painkiller. Leave at least four hours between doses.
The usual dose for APC is:
- Adults: one to two tablets at a time, with a maximum of six tablets per 24 hours.
- Children aged 7 to 11: half a tablet at a time, with a maximum of two tablets per 24 hours.
- Children aged 12 and above: one tablet at a time, with a maximum of three to four tablets per 24 hours.
Missed doses should be skipped. Never take a double dose to catch up.
APC may cause side effects, although not everyone gets them. Possible side effects include:
- Stomach problems.
- Bleeding in the stomach or intestines.
- Allergic reactions such as itching and skin rash.
See the package leaflet for a complete list of possible side effects and what you should look out for with regard to this medicine.
When not to use APC
APC should not be used in people suffering from:
- Liver or kidney conditions
- Stomach problems
If you are allergic to the active ingredients acetylsalicylic acid, paracetamol or caffeine, you should use a different painkiller.
Talk to your doctor before using APC if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding. APC should not be used in the last three months of pregnancy and while breastfeeding. APC does not affect driving performance, as far as known. Avoid drinking alcohol right after taking APC. Drinking alcohol can increase the risk of stomach problems.