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Doubly Effective in Relieving the Pains of a Double Life

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You’d be surprised by how punishing our modern-day lifestyles can be. A hectic pace of life, coupled with social pressure, places endless demands on our bodies. Think a full day of work – and often more – followed by daily chores and duties at home. On top that, there’s a greater emphasis to cultivate an active lifestyle to keep fit and maintain one’s health and appearances.

As such, most of us face both physical and mental stress daily – long hours of inactivity sitting at a desk followed by intense physical activity at the gym. As a result, pain can come without warning from around any corner, be it from a less than optimal posture at your desk, muscle strain from workouts, period pains for women. And sometimes on a bad day, they all hit you at once.

In the past, dealing with pain on your own was a simple affair, albeit limited: paracetamol (e.g. Panadol) was the only readily available solution, and you only had to decide how many you needed for the pain. If it worked; it worked. If not, then you put up with it or make a trip to the doctor. Either way, you will not likely be at your best for the day.


Fortunately, more over the counter (OTC) solutions have been made available in Singapore. In recent years, Ibuprofen became available over the counter. Ibuprofen, per se, is not a new drug and it actually has been in the market, globally, for many years. The key difference between paracetamol is that Ibuprofen is anti-inflammatory and is more effective in addressing pain caused by swelling.

Often, we may not know the cause of our headaches. Sometimes, there are multiple causes, so we might feel apprehensive about which painkiller to use. The good news is that when used judiciously, the combination of paracetamol and ibuprofen has been found to be safe and efficacious in a variety of mild to moderate pain states, including postoperative pain, menstrual pain and musculoskeletal pain.

Maxigesic: Best of Both Worlds

This is where Maxigesic comes in. While you could easily take both Paracetamol and Ibuprofen on their own, it’s natural that you would not want to take more than what is necessary.

Thanks to the wonders of computational modelling, Maxigesic has been formulated to deliver the optimal dosage of both painkillers. The result is a painkiller that is at least 32 per cent more effective than Paracetamol or Ibuprofen* alone. As such, it is a suitable option for a wide variety of complaints, ranging from fever reduction, dental pain, period pain, migraine, rheumatic pain or pain from sore muscles.

It is perfectly normal to be wary of any new form of medication but Maxigesic has been available via prescription in Singapore since 2016. The drug has also been licensed in over 125 countries while the Maxigesic brand itself is sold in over 11 countries including the United Kingdom and Australia with more to follow later this year.

Dosage considerations

The combination of Paracetamol and Ibuprofen has been found to be safe if you keep to the recommended dosage. However, if you are under 12 years of age, pregnant or have kidney disease, asthma or stomach ulcer, you should consult a doctor first to see if this is suitable for you.

What makes Maxigesic that much easier to use is that it is pretty much similar to how we would take Paracetamol: 1-2 tablets, up to 4 times a day, so you don’t have to remember any different. Maxigesic comprises of 500mg Paracetamol and 150mg Ibuprofen and when you follow the recommended directions, you will never exceed the maximum OTC daily dose.

Much like how we want to have the best of both world when it comes to life, we can now have it both ways when it comes to managing pain. Maxigesic is readily available and can be found in the pain section of leading pharmacies including Watsons and Unity.


*Reference: 1. Merry, A. F., Gibbs, R. D., Edwards, J., Ting, G. S., Frampton, C., Davies, E. and Anderson, B. J. (2010). “Combined acetaminophen and ibuprofen for pain relief after oral surgery in adults: a randomized controlled trial” British Journal of Anaesthesia 104(1): 80-88. Result achieved in a trial of post-operative pain relief after removal of 1–4 wisdom teeth using 2 tablets MAXIGESIC compared with paracetamol 1000mg or ibuprofen 300mg alone 4 times a day (Paracetamol 4000mg or Ibuprofen 1200mg per day). Research sponsored by AFT Pharmaceuticals.

“Relieving the Pains of a Double Life” is a sponsored article written in conjunction with Maxigesic.



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