List of Medicines Banned In India

List of Medicines Banned In India


A human body is a complex machine which runs the vital process of life. However, the complex machinery sometimes develops complex issues which require treatment and medication. Such medications help in repairing and revitalizing the body processes and cycles. While medicines are helpful for certain life processes, there are certainly some counter effects of these chemical compositions. Medicines which tend to have a fatal counter effect or at least an irreversible impact on the human body is the medicines which are banned by the local authorities. Though the list of banned medicines in India is easily available, it is important to understand the exact reason why such a medicine has been banned.


List Of Medicines Banned In India

Mostly, the Health Ministry of India has been banning the manufacture, sale, and distribution of Fixed Dose Combinations (FDCs) drugs for human use. Fixed Dose Drug Combinations are combinations of two or more active drugs in a single dosage form. Majorly these medicines are painkillers, antibiotics, antiseptics for treatment of mouth and throat conditions, and anti-diabetic drugs.


The major reason of banning such FDC Medicines is that the combinations of two components usually increase the risk for the human body (majorly by making the body resistant to treatment) rather than adding to the therapeutic advantage of every single molecule combined for making the drug. for e.g., when Nimesulide and Paracetamol were combined to form one new medicine, such a combination did not add to the therapeutic advantage since both the drugs act by the same mechanism. However, the combination has been found to produce increased hepatotoxicity or liver damage. That is the reason why antibiotic combinations are more critical while administering since irrational use might lead to adverse effects and the development of antibiotic resistance.

Some other reasons why FDCs are banned include:

  • Dosage alteration of one particular drug from the combination is not possible depending on the medical condition of the patient
  • Increased chances of adverse drug effects and drug reactions/interactions in such drug combination as compared to the situation where such drugs are administered individually.
  • Differing pharmacokinetics of constituent drugs can create a problem in administering the frequency of administration of the formulation.

An indicative list of Medicines banned in India  as mentioned by the Ministry of Health, Government of India include:

  • Aceclofenac (SR) + Paracetamol 750
  • Aceclofenac + Paracetamol + Famotidine 744
  • Aceclofenac + Paracetamol + Rabeprazole 705
  • Aceclofenac + Zinc Carnosine 745
  • Acetaminophen + Guaifenesin + Dextromethorphan + Chlorpheniramine 945
  • Acetaminophen + Loratadine + Ambroxol + Phenylephrine 906
  • Acriflavine + Thymol + Cetrimide 1014
  • Acrivastine + Paracetamol + Caffeine + Phenylephrine 915
  • Albuterol + Bromhexine + Theophylline 1033
  • Albuterol + Etofylline + Bromhexine + Menthol 1032
  • Alginic Acid + Sodium Bicarbonate + Dried Aluminium Hydroxide + Magnesium Hydroxide 842
  • Allantoin + Dimethieone + Urea + Propylene + Glycerin + Liquid Paraffin 1013
  • Ambroxol + Levocetirizine + Phenylephrine + Guaiphenesin + Menthol 956
  • Ambroxol + Guaifenesin + Phenylephrine + Chlorpheniramine 927
  • Ambroxol + Salbutamol + Choline Theophyllinate + Menthol 987
  • Ambroxol + Salbutamol + Theophylline 942
  • Ambroxol + Terbutaline + Dextromethorphan 895
  • Ambroxol+ Guaiphenesin + Ammonium Chloride + Phenylephrine + Chlorpheniramine Maleate + Menthol 872
  • Ammonium Chloride + Dextromethorphan + Cetirizine + Menthol 964
  • Ammonium Chloride + Sodium Citrate + Chlorpheniramine Maleate + Menthol 740
  • Ammonium Citrate + Vitamin B 12 + Folic Acid + Zinc Sulphate 1042
  • Amoxicillin + Cefixime + Potassium Clavulanic Acid 757
  • Amoxicillin + Dicloxacillin 753
  • Amoxicillin 250 mg + Potassium Clavulanate Diluted 62.5 754
  • Amoxycillin + Dicloxacillin + Serratiopeptidase 771
  • Amoxycillin + Tinidazole 764
  • Ascorbic Acid + Manadione Sodium Bisulphate + Rutin + Dibasic Calcium Phosphate + Adrenochrome mono Se 1046
  • Atorvastatin + Vitamin D3 + Folic Acid + Vitamin B12 + Pyridoxine 784
  • Azithromycin + Acebrophylline 865
  • Azithromycin + Ambroxol 781
  • Azithromycin + Cefixime 752
  • Azithromycin + Cefpodoxime 772
  • Azithromycin + Levofloxacin 755
  • Azithromycin + Ofloxacin 763
  • Becloemthasone + Clotrimazole + Chloramphenicol + Gentamycin + Lignocaine Ear drops 831
  • Beclomethasone + Clotimazole + Neomycin + lodochlorohydroxyquinone 1007
  • Beclomethasone + Clotrimazole + Gentamicin + lodochlorhydroxyquinoline 1040
  • Beclomethasone Diproprionate + Neomycin + Tolnaftate + lodochlorhydroxyquinoline +
  • Chlorocresol 1020
  • Benfotiamine + Metformin 1044
  • Benzoxonium Chloride + Lidocaine 735
  • Betahistine + Ginkgo Biloba Extract + Vinpocetine + Piracetam 791
  • Betamethasone + Fusidic Acid + Gentamycin + Tolnaftate + lodochlorhydroxyquinoline (ICHQ) 1002
  • Betamethasone + Gentamicin + Tolnaftate + lodochlorhydroxyquinoline 1011
  • Betamethasone + Gentamycin + Zinc Sulphate + Clotrimoazole + Chlorocresol 1021
  • Betamethasone + Neomycin + Tolnaftate + lodochlorohydroxyquinoline + Cholorocresol 1015
  • Borax + Boric Acid + Naphazoline + Menthol + Camphor + Methyl Hydroxy Benzoate 1022
  • Bromhenxine + Phenylephrine + Chlorpheniramine + Paracetamol 1039
  • Bromhexine + Cetrizine + Phenylephrine IP+Guaifenesin + Menthol 990
  • Bromhexine + Dextromethorphan 1023
  • Bromhexine + Dextromethorphan + Phenylephrine + Menthol 883
  • Bromhexine + Phenylephrine + Chlorepheniramine Maleate 861
  • Caffeine + Paracetamol + Chlorpheniramine 963
  • Caffeine + Paracetamol + Phenylephrine + Cetirizine 954
  • Calcium Gluconate + Chlorpheniramine + Vitamin C 998
  • Calcium Gluconate + Levocetirizine 994
  • Cefixime + Levofloxacin 766
  • Cefixime + Linezolid 756
  • Cefpodoxime Proxetil + Levofloxacin 759
  • Cefuroxime + Linezolid 774
  • Cephalexin + Neomycin + Prednisolone 780
  • Certirizine + Phenylephrine + Paracetamol + Caffeine + Nimesulide 985
  • Cetirizine + Acetaminophen + Dextromethorphan + Phenyephrine + Zinc Gluconate 907
  • Cetirizine + Ambroxol + Guaiphenesin + Ammonium Chloride + Phenylephrine + Menthol 876
  • Cetirizine + Dextromethorphan + Ambroxol 925
  • Cetirizine + Dextromethorphan + Bromhexine + Guaifenesin 937
  • Cetirizine + Dextromethorphan + Phenylephrine + Tulsi 946
  • Cetirizine + Dextromethorphan + Phenylephrine + Zinc Gluconate + Paracetamol + Menthol 887
  • Cetirizine + Dextromethorphan + Zinc Gluconate + Menthol 910
  • Cetirizine + Diethyl Carbamazine 792
  • Cetirizine + Phenylephrine + Dextromethorphan + Menthol 903
  • Cetirizine + Phenylephrine + Paracetamol + Ambroxol + Caffeine 947
  • Cetirizine + Phenylephrine + Paracetamol + Zinc Gluconate 871
  • Cetririzine + Nimesulide + Phenylephrine 943
  • Chlopheniramine Maleate + Dextromethorphan + Guaiphensin + Phenylephrine 962
  • Chloramphenicol + Beclomethasone + Clomitrimazole + Lignocaine 825
  • Chloramphennicol + Lignocaine + Betamethasone + Clotrimazole + Ofloxacin + Antipyrine 827
  • Chlorphaniramine + Ammonium Chloride + Sodium Chloride 933
  • Chlorpheniramine + Ammonium Chloride + Chloroform + Menthol 981
  • Chlorpheniramine + Ammonium Chloride + Noscapine + Sodium Citrate 936
  • Chlorpheniramine + Codeine + Sodium Citrate + Menthol Syrup 881
  • Chlorpheniramine + Dextromethorphan + Phenylephrine + Paracetamol 890
  • Chlorpheniramine + Paracetamol + Pseudoephedrine + Caffeine 999
  • Chlorpheniramine + Phenylephrine + Caffeine 877
  • Chlorpheniramine + Phenylephrine + Dextromethophan + Menthol 894
  • Chlorpheniramine + Phenylephrine + Paracetamol + Zink Gluconate 944
  • Chlorpheniramine + Terpin + Antimony Potassium Tartrate + Ammonium Chloride + Sodium Citrate + Menthol 966
  • Chlorpheniramine + Vasaka + Tolubalsm + Ammonium Chloride + Sodium Citrate + Menthol 989
  • Chlorpheniramine + Vitamin C 997
  • Chlorpheniramine Maleate + Ammonium Chloride + Sodium Citrate 870
  • Chlorpheniramine+Ammonium Chloride + Menthol 970
  • Chlorpromazine + Trihexyphenidyl 800
  • Chromium Polynicotinate + Metformin 819
  • Cilnidipine + Metoprolol Succinate + Metoprolol Tartrate 782
  • Ciprofloxacin + Fluocinolone + Clotrimazole + Neomycin + Chlorocresol 1009
  • Ciprofloxacin + Fluticasone + Clotrimazole + Neomycin 778
  • Ciprofloxacin + Phenazopyridine 770
  • Clidinium + Paracetamol + Dicyclomine + Activated Dimethicone 843
  • Clindamycin + Clotrimazole + Lactic Acid Bacillus 854
  • Clindamycin + Telmisartan 786
  • Clobetasol + Gentamicin + Tolnaftate + lodochlorhydroxyquinone + Ketoconazole 1012
  • Clobetasol + Neomycin + Miconazole + Clotrimazole 1016
  • Clobetasol + Neomycin + Miconazole + Zinc Sulphate 1019
  • Clobetasol + Ofloxacin + Ketoconazol + Zinc Sulphate 1010
  • Clobetasol + Ofloxacin + Miconazole + Zinc Sulphate 1003
  • Clobetasol Propionate + Ofloxacin + Ornidazole + Terbinafine 1018
  • Clobetasole + Gentamicin + Miconazole + Zinc Sulphate 1004
  • Clomifene Citrate + Ubidecarenone + Zinc + Folic Acid + Methylcobalamin + Pyridoxine + Lycopene + Selenium + Levocarnitine Tartrate + L-Arginine 856
  • Clotrimazole + Beclomethasone + Lignocaine + Ofloxacin + Acetic Aicd + Sodium Methyl Paraben + Propyl Paraben 1048
  • Clotrimazole + Beclomethasone + Ofloxacin + Lignocaine 830
  • Clotrimazole + Ofloxaxin + Lignocaine + Glycerine and Propylene Glycol 826
  • Codeine + Chlorpheniramine + Alcohol Syrup 920
  • Codeine + Levocetirizine + Menthol 901
  • Combikit of 3 tablets of Serratiopeptidase (enteric coated 20000 units) + Diclofenac Potassium & 2 tablets of D 742
  • Combikit of Azithromycin, Secnidazole and Fluconazole 760
  • Combikit of Fluconazole Tablet, Azithromycin Tablet and Ornidazole Tablets 769
  • Cyproheptadine + Thiamine 835
  • Dextrometharphan + Chlopheniramine + Ammonium Chloride+ Menthol 958
  • Dextrometharphan + Chlopheniramine + Ammonium + Sodium Citrate + Menthol 1026
  • Dextrometharphan + Phenylephrine + Guaiphenesin 955
  • Dextromethophan + Chlopheniramine + Bromhexine 1024
  • Dextromethorphan + Ambroxol + Ammonium Chloride + Chlorpheniramine + Menthol 991
  • Dextromethorphan + Ambroxol + Guaifenesin + Phenylephrine + Chlorpheniramine 902
  • Dextromethorphan + Bromhexine + Guaiphenesin 862
  • Dextromethorphan + Bromhexine + Guaiphenesin + Menthol 914
  • Dextromethorphan + Cetirizine 917
  • Dextromethorphan + Cetirizine + Guaifenesin + Ammonium Chloride 986
  • Dextromethorphan + Chlorpheniramine + Chlorpheniramine Maleate 875
  • Dextromethorphan + Chlorpheniramine + Guaiphenesin 896
  • Dextromethorphan + Levocetirizine + Phenylephrine + Zinc 859
  • Dextromethorphan + Paracetamol + Cetirizine + Phenylephrine 965
  • Dextromethorphan + Phenylephrine + Ammonium Chloride + Menthol 913
  • Dextromethorphan + Phenylephrine + Bromhexine + Guaifenesin + Chlorpheniramine 974
  • Dextromethorphan + Phenylephrine + Cetirizine + Paracetamol + Caffeine 929
  • Dextromethorphan + Phenylephrine + Cetirizine + Zinc + Menthol 992
  • Dextromethorphan + Phenylephrine + Guaifenesin + Certirizine + Acetaminophen 979
  • Dextromethorphan + Phenylephrine + Guaifenesin + Triprolidine 921
  • Dextromethorphan + Phenylephrine + Tripolidine + Menthol 972
  • Dextromethorphan + Phenylephrine + Zinc Gluconate + Menthol 880
  • Dextromethorphan + Tripolidine + Phenylephirine 898
  • Dextromethorphan + Triprolidine + Phenylephrine 878
  • Dextromethorphen + Bromhexine + Chlorpheniramine Maleate + Guaiphenesin 873
  • Dextromethorphen + Promethazine 891
  • Diclofenac + paracetamol + chlorpheniramine maleate + mgnesium Trisillicate 725
  • Diclofenac + Paracetamol + Chlorzoxazone + Famotidine 715
  • Diclofenac + paracetamol + magnesium Trisilicate 738
  • Diclofenac + Paracetamol injection 751
  • Diclofenac + Tramadol + Chlorzoxazone 710
  • Diclofenac + Tramadol + Paracetamol 714
  • Diclofenac + Zinc Carnosine 724
  • Dicyclomine + Paracetamol + Domperidone 711
  • Diethyl Carbamazine + Chlorpheniramine + Guaifenesin 938
  • Diethylcabamazine Citrate + Cetirizine + Guaiphenesin 892
  • Diethylcarbamazine + Cetirizine + Ambroxol 923
  • Diphenhydramine + Guaifenesin + Bromhexine + Ammonium Chloride + Menthol 908
  • Diphenhydramine + Guaiphenesin + Ammonium Chloride + Bromhexine 889
  • Diphenhydramine + Terpine + Ammonium Chloride + Sodium Chloride + Menthol 866
  • Diphenoxylate + Atropine + Furazolidonee 768
  • Disodium Hydrogen Citrate + Paracetamol 748
  • Doxycycline + Serratiopeptidase 765
  • Doxylamine + Pyridoxine + Mefenamic Acid + Paracetamol 793
  • Dried Alumnium Hydroxie Gel + Prophantheline + Diazepam 1038
  • Drotaverine + Clidinium + Chlordiazepoxide 794
  • Enrofloxacin + Bromhexin 882
  • Ergotamine Tartrate + Belladona Dry Extarct+Caffeine + Paracetamol 1027
  • Ethylmorphine + Noscapine + Chlorpheniramine 924
  • Famotidine + Oxytacaine + Magaldrate 840
  • Flunarizine + Paracetamole + Domperidone 832
  • Flupentixol + Escitalopram 796
  • Furazolidone + Metronidazole + Loperamide 844
  • Gabapentin + Mecobalamin + Pyridoxine + Thiamine 798
  • Gentamicin Sulphate + Clotrimazole + Betamethasone + Lignocaine 829
  • Gentamycin + Dexamethasone + Chloramphenicol + Tobramycin + Ofloxacin 858
  • Glibenclamide + Metformin (SR)+ Pioglitazone 822
  • Gliclazide 40mg + Metformin 400mg 1029
  • Gliclazide 80 mg + Metformin 325 mg 803
  • Glimepiride + Pioglitazone + Metformin 815
  • Glimepiride 1mg/2mg/3mg + Pioglitazone 15mg/15mg/15mg + Metformin 1000mg/1000mg/1000mg 806
  • Glimepiride 1mg/2mg+ Pioglitazone 15mg/15mg + Metformin 850mg/850mg 807
  • Glipizide 2.5mg + Metformin 400 mg 816
  • Glucosamine + Methyl Sullfonyl Methane + Vitamin D3 + Manganese + Boron + Copper + Zinc 732
  • Guaifenesin + Bromhexine + Chlorpheniramine + Paracetamol 980
  • Guaifenesin + Bromhexine + Chlorpheniramine + Phenylephrine + Paracetamol + Serratiopeptidase (as enteric coated granules) 10000 SP Units 1000
  • Guaifenesin + Dextromethorphan 948
  • Guaifenesin + Diphenhydramine + Bromhexine + Phenylephrine 1037
  • Heparin + Diclofenac 731
  • Imipramine + Chlordiazepoxide + Trifluoperazine + Trihexyphenidyl 799
  • Ketoconazole + Tea Tree oil + Allantion + Zinc Oxide + Aloe Vera + Jojoba oil +
  • Lavander oil + Soa noodels 1017
  • Ketotifen + Cetirizine 939
  • Ketotifen + Levocetrizine 951
  • Ketotifen + Theophylline 941
  • L-5-Methyltetrahydrofolate Calcium + Escitalopram 788
  • L-Arginine + Sildenafil 783
  • Levocetirizine + Ambroxol + Phenylephrine + Guaiphenesin 874
  • Levocetirizine + Ambroxol + Phenylephrine + Paracetamol 1005
  • Levocetirizine + Dextromethorphan + Zinc 931
  • Levocetirizine + Montelukast + Acebrophylline 912
  • Levocetirizine + Paracetamol + Phenylephirine + Caffeine 949
  • Levocetirizine + Phenylephrine + Ambroxol + Guaiphenesin + Paracetamol 886
  • Levocetirizine + Ranitidine 885
  • Levofloxacin + Bromhexine 884
  • Levofloxacin + Ornidazole + Alpha Tocopherol Acetate 761
  • Levothyroxine + Phyridoxine + Nicotinamide 1043
  • Lignocaine + Clotrimazole + Ofloxacin + Beclomethasone 773
  • Lornoxicam + Paracetamol + serratiopeptidase 737
  • Lornoxicam + paracetamol + Tramadol 736
  • Lornoxicam + paracetamol + trypsin 728
  • Magaldrate + Famotidine + Simethicone 834
  • Magaldrate + Papain + Fungul Diastase + Simethicone 838
  • Magaldrate + Ranitidine + Pancreatin + Domperidone 836
  • Mebeverine & Inner HPMC capsule (Streptococcus Faecalis + Clostridium butyricum + Bacillus mesentricus + Lactic Acid Bacillus) 853
  • Menthol + Anesthetic Ether 1025
  • Metformin (SR) 500mg + Pioglitazone 5mg 824
  • Metformin (Sustainded Release) 500mg + Pioglitazone 15 mg + Glimepiride 3mg 823
  • Metformin + Atorvastatin 785
  • Metformin + Bromocriptine 812
  • Metformin + Gliclazide + Chromium Polynicotinate 821
  • Metformin + Gliclazide + Piogllitazone + Chromium Polynicotinate 820
  • Metformin + Glimepiride + Methylcobalamin 813
  • Metformin 1000/1000/500/500mg + Pioglitazone 7.5/7.5/7.5/7.5mg + Glimepiride 1/2/1/2mg 802
  • Metformin 500mg/500mg+Gliclazide SR 30mg/60mg + Pioglitazone 7.5mg/7.5mg 810
  • Metformin 850mg + Pioglitazone 7.5 mg + Glimepiride 1mg 809
  • Metformin 850mg + Pioglitazone 7.5 mg + Glimepiride 2mg 808
  • Metformin ER + Gliclazide MR + Voglibose 818
  • Metronidazole + Norfloxacin 776
  • Metronidazole + Tetracycline 779
  • N-Acetyl Cysteine + Ambroxol + Phenylephrine + Levocertirizine 971
  • Naphazoline + Carboxy Methyl Cellulose + Menthol + Camphor + Phenylephrine 916
  • Naphazoline + Chlorpheniramine + Zinc Sulphate + Boric Acid + Sodium Chloride + Chlorobutol 976
  • Naproxen + Paracetamol 716
  • Neomycin + Doxycycline 1008
  • Nimesulide + Certirizine + Phenylephrine 975
  • Nimesulide + Cetrizine + Caffeine 707
  • Nimesulide + Diclofenac 706
  • Nimesulide + Dicyclomine 730
  • Nimesulide + Loratadine + Phenylephrine + Ambroxol 860
  • Nimesulide + Paracetamol + Cetirizine + Phenylephrine 867
  • Nimesulide + Paracetamol + Levocetirizine + Phenylephrine + Caffeine 918
  • Nimesulide + paracetamol Injection 721
  • Nimesulide + Paracetamol Suspension 743
  • Nimesulide + Phenylephrine + Caffeine + Levocetirizine 864
  • Nimesulide + Pitofenone + Fenpiverinium + Benzyl Alcohol 719
  • Nimesulide + Serratiopeptidase 717
  • Nimesulide + Tizanidine 708
  • Nimorazole + Ofloxacin 762
  • Oflaxacin + Ornidazole Suspension 1031
  • Ofloxacin + Clotrimazole + Betamethasone + Lignocaine 828
  • Ofloxacin + Metronidazole + Zinc Acetate 767
  • Ofloxacin + Nitazoxanide 758
  • Ofloxacin + Ornidazole + Zinc Bisglycinate 775
  • Olmesartan + Hydrochlorothiazide + Chlorthalidone 787
  • Omepraozle + Paracetmaol+ Diclofenac 720
  • Oxetacaine + Magaldrate + Famotidine 849
  • Pantoprazole (as Enteric Coated Tablet) + Zinc Carnosine (as Film Coated Tablets 850
  • Paracetamol + Ambroxol + Phenylephrine + Chlorpheniramine 1030
  • Paracetamol + Caffeine + Codeine 749
  • Paracetamol + Caffeine + Phenylephrine + Chlorpheniramine 959
  • Paracetamol + Cetrizine + Caffeine 709
  • Paracetamol + Chlorpheniramine + Ambroxol + Guaifenesin + Phenylephrine 988
  • Paracetamol + Codeine + Chlorpheniramine 968
  • Paracetamol + Dextromethorphan + Bromhexine + Phenylephrine + Diphenhydramine 934
  • Paracetamol + Dextromethorphan + Chlorpheniramine 899
  • Paracetamol + Diclofenac + famotidine 718
  • Paracetamol + Disodium Hydrogen Citrate + Caffeine 746
  • Paracetamol + DL Methionine 747
  • Paracetamol + domperidone + Caffeine 739

A similar list of medicines banned in India has also been released in 2017 and years before that. The list includes diabetic medicines and other such medicines prescribed for various lifestyle diseases such as Hypertension banned in India. It is advisable that the doctors prescribe medicines after following the list of medicines banned in India.