Press this position for five minutes to ease dizziness and headache

Press this position for five minutes to ease dizziness and headache. Image by Pexels

Headache powders: can they be dangerous to your family?

South Africans might drink thousands of headache powders each day. But can they be dangerous to you and your family? Here’s more.

Press this position for five minutes to ease dizziness and headache

Press this position for five minutes to ease dizziness and headache. Image by Pexels

Headache powders are a commonplace, everyday consumer product.

Powders are a cheap solution to pain, discomfort, and fever symptoms. Most South African stores sell headache powders, including Grandpa and Compral products.

They’re praised for their easy absorption and quick effects. Five minutes later, your headache will be gone.

However, can headache powders also be dangerous?

Dosage matters, and you can easily take too many. Some health conditions, including bleeding conditions and ulcers, can’t take these products at all.

Here’s what to know about powdered painkillers.

What are headache powders?

‘Headache powders’ is the informal name for powdered painkillers.

You can buy them from most South African stores and pharmacies. However, they can also be dangerous.

Usually, painkillers contain a mixture of paracetamol, aspirin, and caffeine.

Sometimes powdered products absorb faster than pills or capsules.

However, powders can also irritate the stomach and/or cause bleeding problems.

Are headache powders banned overseas?

The answer is yes and no.

Headache powders are a legal, over-the-counter drug in South Africa.

However, some brands have been banned in countries like Australia. You won’t find Grandpa Powders as easily abroad.

Side effects can include bleeding and nausea. Powders are potentially dangerous because they’re easy to buy and they are cheap to access.

Paracetamol and aspirin

Paracetamol and aspirin are two of the most common painkillers, according to The South African.

Brands include Grandpa, Compral, and other over-the-counter painkillers.

However, you should check the insert for your specific medication – or Google it if you aren’t sure.

They’re essential, important medicines.

However, they can be dangerous within the wrong amounts. You can’t take powdered painkillers, for example, if you have certain kidney-related conditions.

According to, aspirin side effects can include vomiting, nausea, bleeding, or death.

You should always take headache powders carefully, and with your doctor’s knowledge.

Headache Powders: Bex

Have you ever heard of Bex Headache Powders?

They’re similar to Compral or Grandpa. However, you can’t buy Bex in Australia.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, they were banned in 1979.

 A recurring headache means you should see a doctor. Don’t medicate yourself! It can be dangerous.

Headache Powders: Should I see a doctor?

See your doctor if you need to take painkillers more than a few times per week. Everyone needs painkillers sometimes, however it can also indicate underlying health conditions.

See your doctor if you have been taking medicine for more than a couple of days. You should also see your doctor if you struggle to stop or wean yourself from medications.

Recurring headaches can also indicate other health conditions.

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