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Anadin is a brand of painkiller sold in the UK and Ireland, launched in 1932, originally by American pharmaceutical company Anacin and currently by Pfizer.[1]


Several different types of painkiller are sold under the brand.[2] As of April 2009, these include:

  • Anadin Original - aspirin and caffeine based
  • Anadin paracetamol tablets - launched in 1988
  • Anadin ibuprofen tablets - launched in 1997
  • Anadin Extra - aspirin, paracetamol and caffeine based (ordinary version launched in 1983 and soluble version in 1992)
  • Anadin Joint Pain
  • Anadin Liquifast (or Anadin Ultra) - ibuprofen-based liquid capsules (ordinary and "Double strength" versions)[3]


Along with other brands, Anadin's paracetamol tablets have been criticised for being overpriced compared to non-branded versions (e.g. 16 Anadin Paracetamol tablets each containing 500 mg of paracetamol cost around £2.09 while non-branded equivalents retail for around £0.35). Over the past five years Anadin sales have dropped significantly with people favouring purchase of non-branded versions and the Nurofen brand of painkillers which has seen increased sales due to marketing.[4]

As with many proprietary painkillers, the addition of caffeine to Anadin products may also make them slightly addictive or even induce headaches once people stop taking them.[5]

See alsoEdit

  • Anacin (American original brand launched in the UK as Anadin in 1932)[6]


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  3. ^ Archived 2009-08-18 at the Wayback Machine Superbrands case studies: Anadin
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  5. ^ The Independent - The great medicine rip-off
  6. ^ "Anadin brand". Retrieved April 9, 2016.