- Prescribing Advice for GPs - https://www.prescriber.org.uk -

Soluble Analgesics

Following the recent withdrawal of Gaviscon from prescription and our investigations into the salt content of prescription items we were reminded of the salt content of soluble analgesics.

Some of these soluble analgesics contain 16.9 mmol of sodium per tablet. This is equivalent to 388.7mg of sodium or 970mg of salt.

A person taking 6 tablets a day would therefore have consumed almost the recommended daily amount of salt without any accounting for what they have eaten or drunk! A person taking 8 tablets a day consumes over 7g of salt per day from the tablets alone

Action: Where possible avoid prescribing soluble or effervescent analgesics that have a high sodium content. This should be especially the case in patients with cardiovascular disease, renal disease or hypertension.