Edrisol Or Edrisal

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Mel Says:
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Used to take for cramps. What was it?

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Sandy Says:
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Is this still on the market? I used to take it for cramps

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Verwon Says:

Hello, Mel and Sandy! How are you both?

Edrisal contained the active ingredient Phenacetin, however, it was banned by the FDA in 1983 due to the increased risk it caused of kidney failure and certain types of cancer.

It is actually metabolized into Acetaminophen(Tylenol) so that is what it was replaced with in over the counter medications.

Is there anything else I can help with?

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Cheryl Says:
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I wish they would research this some more and make any necessary changes. It really worked great for cramps. I don't know about you but it gave me a very euphoric feeling and feeling of well-being, but I never took more than absolutely needed.

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Rachel Says:
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Re: Cheryl (# 3)

I took it also, back in the 60’s. It made me VERY ALERT. Almost like superwoman. Kind of euphoric. But I only took it that “first day” for cramps. Worked great.

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Sky Says:

Re: Rachel (# 4)

Edrisal also contained some form of amphetamine, and there was a variation that contained codeine.
It worked so well for cramps that nearly all my friends had a bottle around 1970. I never knew anyone who abused it, just used on the worst days. I didn't realize it had phenacetin.
When ibuprofen was introduced, it became the go-to med for cramps.

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Beth Says:

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I also took it in the early '70s for cramps. I guess I've been wrong all these years, but I recall being told it was pulled from the market because it caused "personality changes" (that's the phrase I remember). Cancer's bad enough!

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Carolyn Says:
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Re: Rachel (# 4)

I was prescribed Edrisol and codeine for cramps in the early 70's.... it was the only thing that worked....
It made me feel euphoric and was absolutely wonderful!! I only needed it for the first day... after that there was no cramps. I was curious if anyone had any side effects from taking edrisol such as memory problems??

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Carol Says:

I was given edrisol and codine starting in 1955 because my cramps were soo bad I needed something to enable me to care for my baby. I took it for over 10 years and had no ill effects. I was able to replace it with "the pill" and never looked back.

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ialine Says:
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Seeing me doubled over a friend gave me one and it worked! I got a prescription and only needed one for the first day They permitted me to feel okay not euphoric just normal and able to work. I treated those pills as gold and was very upset that the product was taken off the market “because they were being abused And getting women high.” So once again because of abuse of people who didn’t need a drug it was taken away from those it helped. Over the counter stuff was a waste of time

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