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dextropropoxyphene hydrochloride with paracetamol
Consumer Medicine Information
This leaflet answers some common questions about DI-GESIC. It does not contain all the available information and does not take the place of talking with your doctor.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking DI-GESIC against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine or have any questions about the BOXED WARNINGS, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with this medicine. You may need to read it again.
THE ADMINISTRATIVE APPEALS TRIBUNAL IS EXPECTED TO HEAR AN APPEAL IN RELATION TO THE CONTINUED REGISTRATION OF THIS PRODUCT TOWARDS THE END OF MAY 2012. IF THE APPEAL AGAINST CANCELLATION IS REJECTED, THIS PRODUCT MAY THEN CEASE TO BE AVAILABLE WITHIN A SHORT TIMEFRAME.
FOR PATIENTS CURRENTLY USING DEXTROPROPOXYPHENE- CONTAINING PRODUCTS TO MANAGE CHRONIC PAIN WHO HAVE NOT RECENTLY TRIALLED ALTERNATIVE ANALGESIA, ATTEMPT TO REPLACE DEXTROPROPOXYPHENE CONTAINING PRODUCTS WITH ALTERNATIVE ANALGESIA BEFORE CONTINUING TO PRESCRIBE DEXTROPROPOXYPHENE- CONTAINING PRODUCTS. DO NOT INITIATE THE USE OF DEXTROPROPOXYPHENE- CONTAINING PRODUCTS FOR ANY NEW PATIENTS, WHETHER FOR THE TREATMENT OF ACUTE OR CHRONIC PAIN.
DEXTROPROPOXYPHENE PRODUCTS HAVE RECENTLY BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH SUBSTANTIAL PROLONGATION OF THE QT INTERVAL. DI-GESIC IS CONTRAINDICATED IN PATIENTS WITH CONGENITAL LONG QT SYNDROME OR KNOWN ACQUIRED QT INTERVAL PROLONGATION. DI-GESIC IS ALSO CONTRAINDICATED IN PATIENTS WITH A HISTORY OF CLINICALLY SIGNIFICANT CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE, CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE, CARDIAC HYPERTROPHY, ARRHYTHMIA OR BRADYCARDIA AS THEY ARE AT HIGHER RISK OF DEVELOPING TORSADE DE POINTES, A RARE TYPE OF VENTRICULAR TACHYCARDIA. (FOR OTHER CONTRAINDICATIONS, SEE MAIN TEXT.)
ELDERLY PATIENTS, AND THOSE WITH RENAL INSUFFICIENCY, ARE ALSO BELIEVED TO BE AT HIGHER RISK AS THEY ARE LIKELY TO EXHIBIT HIGHER BLOOD LEVELS OF DEXTROPROPOXYPHENE AND NORPROPOXYPHENE. IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT ALL PATIENTS UNDERGOING CHRONIC TREATMENT WITH DEXTROPROPOXYPHENE PRODUCTS HAVE A RENAL FUNCTION BLOOD TEST and AN ECG PERFORMED AT BASELINE AND PERIODICALLY (AT LEAST EVERY 3 MONTHS) TO MONITOR FOR INCREASED RISK. SHOULD PATIENTS DEMONSTRATE SIGNIFICANT RENAL INSUFFICIENCY (CREATININE CLEARANCE BELOW 40 ML/MIN) AND/OR ECG RESULTS OF CONCERN, DI-GESIC MUST BE CEASED IMMEDIATELY.
DI-GESIC tablets contain dextropropoxyphene and paracetamol as the active ingredients. They belong to a group of medicines called analgesics and are used to provide relief from mild to moderate pain in patients who do not respond adequately to other analgesics.
DI-GESIC may be habit forming so it is important to take it exactly as directed by your doctor.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why it has been prescribed for you. Your doctor may have prescribed this medicine for another reason.
This medicine is only available with a doctor's prescription.
Tell your doctor if you have any of the following conditions or if you have ever experienced any of these conditions.
Do not take DI-GESIC:
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty in breathing; swelling of the face, lips, tongue or any other part of the body; rash, itching or hives on the skin.
Do not take other paracetamol containing products if you have taken 12 DI-GESIC tablets in a day. Your total daily intake of paracetamol should not exceed 3.9 g.
You must tell your doctor:
Do not take DI-GESIC if you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant unless you and your doctor have discussed the risks and benefits involved.
Do not take it if you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed. It is not recommended for use while breastfeeding as it is found in breast milk.
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines including any that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop. Some medicines may be affected by DI-GESIC or may affect how well it works. These include:
Your doctor or pharmacist has more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking this medicine.
Do not give DI-GESIC to children. The safety of this medicine in children has not been established.
Take your medicine as directed by your doctor. The usual adult dose is two tablets every four hours, as needed, for pain. If you are elderly or have a pre-existing kidney or liver condition, you may need to take fewer tablets.
Do not take more than twelve (12) DI-GESIC tablets per day.
Do not take more than the recommended dosage even if you are not getting pain relief. This medicine can produce drug dependence when taken in higher than recommended doses over long periods of time.
Swallow the tablets whole with a glass of water.
This medicine can be taken with or without food.
Your doctor will decide how long you should take this medicine.
If you forget to take your medicine, take your dose as soon as you remember.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed. Taking more of this medicine does not necessarily mean greater pain relief.
Immediately telephone your doctor, or Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26), or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital, if you think you or anyone else has taken too much DI-GESIC.
Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.
You may need urgent medical attention.
While you are taking it
You should avoid alcohol while you are taking DI-GESIC. This medicine and alcohol in combination are dangerous and may lead to symptoms of overdose (difficulty breathing, confusion, anxiety, severe drowsiness and dizziness).
TELL YOUR DOCTORS IF YOU HAVE CHEST PAIN OR FEEL DIZZY WITH SHOULDER PAIN.
Tell all doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are taking DI-GESIC.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist before you start any new medicine that you are taking DI-GESIC.
If you become pregnant while you are taking it, tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not take more than the dosage recommended by your doctor even if you are not getting pain relief.
Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how DI-GESIC affects you. It may make you drowsy or dizzy.
Do not give DI-GESIC to anyone else.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking DI-GESIC.
Tell your doctor if you notice anything unusual or if you are concerned about any aspect of your health, even if you think the problems are not connected with this medicine and are not referred to in this leaflet. Like other medicines, DI-GESIC may cause some unwanted side effects. These are likely to vary from patient to patient. Some side effects may be related to the dose of DI-GESIC. Your doctor may then decide to adjust the dose you are taking.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following common side effects and they worry you:
These side effects may be lessened if you lie down.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following:
Some of these may be serious side effects of DI-GESIC. You may need medical attention. Serious side effects are rare.
If any of the following happen, stop taking DI-GESIC and tell your doctor immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital:
These are very rare side effects. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation.
Keep your tablets in the blister pack until it is time to take them.
Keep it in a cool, dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C.
Store DI-GESIC tablets where young children cannot reach them. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking DI-GESIC or you find that the tablets have passed their expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any tablets that are left over.
DI-GESIC are white film coated, capsule-shaped tablets marked with "DIGESIC" on one side.
It is available in blister packs of 20 tablets.
Each tablet contains 32.5 mg of dextropropoxyphene hydrochloride and 325 mg of paracetamol.
DI-GESIC tablets do not contain lactose, gluten, sucrose, tartrazine or any other azo dyes.
Aspen Pharmacare Australia Pty Ltd
34-36 Chandos St
St Leonards NSW 2065
Australian Registration Number:
AUST R 52509
This leaflet was revised in
Published by MIMS/myDr July 2012