Ascal is an analgesic that belongs to the group of NSAIDs (anti-inflammatory painkillers). The active ingredient in Ascal is carbasalate calcium, a medicine that blocks the transmission of pain signals before they reach the brain. Ascal also reduces fever and suppresses inflammatory responses such as pain, swelling and redness of the skin. Ascal takes around half an hour to become effective and generally provides three to six hours of relief. Ascal is available without prescription.
What is Ascal used for?
Ascal is used to treat pain, inflammation and fever. This painkiller can be used for rheumatic disorders, flu or cold symptoms, headaches, menstrual pain, muscle aches and pain from (dental) surgery.
How to use Ascal
Ascal is available in powder form in sachets, the contents of which should be dissolved in half a glass of water. Stir well and drink the mixture right away. Carbasalate calcium is most effective when taken on an empty stomach. If you have a sensitive stomach or are using Ascal for an extended period of time, it is best to take it with or after a meal.
Ascal is available in sachets of 100 mg, 300 mg and 600 mg. Unless otherwise advised, the usual dosage is as follows:
- Adults and children aged 12 and above: one to two 600-mg sachets at a time, with a maximum of six to eight sachets a day.
- Children aged 7 to 12: one 300-mg sachet at a time, with a maximum of four to six sachets a day.
- Children aged 3 to 7: two 100-mg sachets at a time, with a maximum of eight to ten sachets a day.
Always follow the prescribed dosage and read the package leaflet carefully before use. Carbasalate calcium is not suitable for children under the age of three, so they should not take Ascal unless prescribed by a doctor.
Painkillers can cause side effects. In some cases Ascal has been known to cause gastrointestinal symptoms, headaches, dizziness, skin irritation and itching. Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe or bothersome. See the package leaflet for more information on possible side effects.
When not to use Ascal
Ascal is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:
- You are allergic to carbasalate calcium or any other ingredient in this medicine, or to NSAIDs;
- You have asthma or if this medicine has triggered an asthma attack in you before;
- You are prone to bleeding easily, or have a history of gastrointestinal inflammation or bleeding;
- You have an organ dysfunction;
- You are taking certain other medicines (the doctor will have a list of medicines that you should avoid mixing Ascal with);
- You are pregnant.
Ascal may interact with other medicines. See the package leaflet for a complete list of contraindications, interactions and warnings.
Do not use Ascal if you are pregnant, and only use it occasionally if you are breastfeeding. Carbasalate calcium may, in rare cases, cause dizziness, and you should avoid driving if you experience this side effect. Do not drink alcohol shortly before or after taking Ascal.