Surgam contains a medicine called tiaprofenic acid. This medication belongs to a group of medicines called ‘non-steroidal anti- inflammatory drugs’ (NSAIDs). It works by blocking some chemicals in your body that normally cause inflammation. It is used to treat the swelling, pain, heat, redness and stiffness in your joints and muscles in rheumatoid arthritis (inflammation of the joints); osteoarthritis (where the cushioning (cartilage) between the bone joints is damaged); lower back pain; sprains and strains; pain and inflammation after an operation and other painful inflammatory joint or muscle problems. Take this medicine with or after food. Swallow the tablets whole with a drink of water. Do not crush or chew your tablets. If you feel the effect of your medicine is too weak or too strong, do not change the dose yourself, but ask your doctor.
Canadian Pharmacy King currently offers the brand Surgam from Turkey manufactured by Sanofi Aventis. The generic Surgam (tiaprofenic acid) comes from Canada by a different manufacturer. The brand Surgam is available in the strength of 300 mg tablets and the generic tiaprofenic acid comes in the strength of 200 mg and 300 mg tablets.
Common side effects of Surgam may include feeling sick (nausea) or being sick (vomiting); indigestion, heartburn, stomach pain; feeling dizzy or sleepy; constipation or diarrhoea; headache. Call your doctor immediately if you notice more serious side effects such as:
• An urgent need to pass urine more regularly than normal or during the night, or if you notice any blood in your urine;
• Have any breathing difficulties such as wheeze or breathlessness;
• Have any signs of an allergic reaction such as swelling around your mouth or face, or a severe itchy skin rash;
• Pass blood or black stools, bring up (vomit) blood, or have severe tummy (abdominal) pains
This is not a complete list of side effects, and others may occur. Contact your doctor if any of these side effects worsen or persist.
Do not take this medicine and tell your doctor if you are allergic to tiaprofenic acid or any of the other ingredients of this or to any other similar medicines (NSAIDs) such as aspirin or ibuprofen; have or ever had an ulcer or bleeding in your stomach or gut; have or ever had asthma; have severe heart problems; have kidney or liver problems; have or ever had problems passing water (urine) such as pain, blood in your urine; are in the last three months of pregnancy. Before you start taking tiaprofenic acid, it is important that your doctor knows if you have a urinary tract disorder, or if you tend to get urine infections; have asthma or any other allergic disorder; have ever had a stomach or duodenal ulcer, or if you have an inflammatory bowel disorder; are pregnant, trying for a baby, or breastfeeding; have any problems with your liver, kidneys, or prostate gland; have a heart condition; have high blood pressure; have ever had blood clotting problems. Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, as well as herbal and complementary medicines. Talk to your doctor before taking this medicine if you are pregnant, might become pregnant, or think you may be pregnant; you are breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed. You may feel sleepy, dizzy, faint or your eyesight may be affected while taking this medicine. If this happens, do not drive or use any tools or machines.
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