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Medication Spotlight: Combo Pills

Combinations pills offer patients an easy solution for adherence and improved outcomes. Recently, two combination products have been released in Canada: Suvexx and Combogesic.


In the treatment of migraine, some patients may not achieve full relief by using one agent. Now, patients will have access to a combination product called Suvexx, which contains sumatriptan 85 mg and naproxen sodium 500 mg. The dose is 1 tablet when needed for migraine, which can be repeated in 2 hours if needed. The maximum is 2 tablets in 24 hours. There is no requirement for food, and it cannot be crushed, chewed or split.


In the treatment of pain and fever, we now have a new over-the-counter product called Combogesic, which contains acetaminophen 325 mg and ibuprofen 97.5 mg. The instructions are 1 to 2 tablets every 6 hours, which can increased to 3 tablets every 6 hours. With a maximum of 12 tablets daily, this puts the maximum daily dose at roughly 4 grams acetaminophen and 1200 mg ibuprofen (the same as the single ingredients).

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