Crocin is an analgesic and an antipyretic drug that goes under several brand names depending on the country that it is being marketed. In Brazil, Canada and South Korea and in the United States, Crocin is called Tylenol and Panadol. In the United Kingdom and in India it is called Crocin. Corcin contains paracetamol, which is also called acetaminophen in North America. Crocin is produced mainly in India and leads the market in its production.
Crocin is a common over-the-counter (OTC) drug, a mild to moderate pain reliever and a fever reducer. Crocin relieves headaches, menstrual pain and tooth ache, as well as backache and muscular aches and pain. It is also used to treat arthritis and the symptoms of a cold. Talk with your pharmacist or your doctor about the appropriate dosage and frequency at which you should take this OTC drug because of its potential for liver damage. Corcin is available in tablet or suspension form.
Crocin when used at the normal dosage and frequency is a safe drug. Crocin as an OTC drug is easily available. If it is not used at the correct dosage and frequency, it may cause liver damage leading to liver failure. Caution must be taken to avoid over dosage of this medication. Crocin may be found in a variety of other OTC medications, such as those used to treat flu symptoms.
Reports of the Effects of Crocin on the Liver
According to Interscience.wiley.com in an article written by William M. Lee, M. D., F.A.C.P, entitled "Acetaminophen and the U.S. acute liver failure study group: Lowering the risk of hepatic failure," Lee states, "Acetaminophen overdose is the leading cause of calls to Poison Control Centers and accounts for more than 56,000 emergency room visits." Dr. Lee also questions the over-the-counter availability of this medication.
Signs and Symptoms of Overdose
If you think you took too much Crocin, seek immediate emergency medical care and attention. The initial symptoms of a Crocin overdose may include nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite, or sweating with stomach pain, confusion and weakness. Other symptoms that may develop are pain in the stomach and signs of jaundice, such as yellowish discolouration of the skin and white of the eyes or clay coloured stool and dark coloured urine. Seek immediate medical care if you experience any of these symptoms.
An allergic reaction is a serious medical emergency. The symptoms may include a rash or hives with itching along with swelling of the face, mouth and tongue or throat. In addition there may be wheezing, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. Seek immediate emergency treatment if you experience any of these symptoms.
Consult with your doctor before taking Crocin if you have a history of liver disease or alcoholism. Do not drink alcohol while taking Crocin. Talk with your doctor if you are pregnant or breast feeding before taking Crocin. Do not take Crocin if you are allergic to acetaminophen.