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Meftal - 250mg  

Mefenamic acid
Meftal - 250mg

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Meftal 250 mg

Understanding Mefenamic Acid
Mefenamic acid is essentially a NSAID, viz. a Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug whose primary purpose is to alleviate pain or inflammation in the system. This pain may be the result of various afflictions such as menstrual cramps or arthritis among various other possibilities. It is sold under various brand names such as Ponstan and Ponstel from Pfizer. Bear in mind that the medication may be used for purposes beyond the ones listed here.

Pertinent Information about Mefenamic Acid
Mefenamic acid could possibly lead to heart attacks and strokes if used over a prolonged period. It is especially not recommended for those who may have undergone a bypass surgery recently or are scheduled for one. Symptoms for which immediate medical intervention is advised include breath shortness, slurred speech, visionary problems, and chest pain among others.

There could also be complications in the stomach and intestines as a result of prolonged usage of Mefenamic acid. Dangerous signs would include dark, bloody stools and vomit which has blood or coffee grounds like appearance to it. In case of any such sign, immediate medical attention is advised.

There are other medications that may contain NSAIDs, which you may not even be aware of, since many common medicines for cold and allergies have them. Taking too many NSAIDs at the same time can have dire consequences. Your best recourse in such a scenario would be to check the labeling for possible NSAID presence, which will also confirm the extent to which they have them.

FDA classifies it as a Category C drug which means it is uncertain whether a pregnant mother can cause any harm to the unborn child if she takes the medication. Nor is there any clarity of any harm being done to a suckling child if she is breastfeeding. In any of these situations it is best to take advice from your doctor. In any case, the drug is certainly not meant for children below the age of 2 years.

Before Commencing with Mefenamic acid
Before commencing with Mefenamic acid, it is strongly recommended that you discuss your medical history with your doctor, confirming individual risks that you may have. It is particularly not advisable that you take the medication if you are allergic to NSAIDs.

Taking Mefenamic acid
Mefenamic acid is to be taken exactly as advised by your doctor. You should not deviate in any way at all. There is enough information on the packaging as well as the leaflet inside for additional guidance. Do not modify intake on your personal whims and fancies, and take it only for the duration that has been prescribed to you. Store Mefenamic acid in a cool, dry place.

Missing Doses
Try not to do so as best as you can. If you still have forgotten to take it anyway, take it when you remember. Do not take two doses too close to each other; if the next one is very close, ideally skip the immediate dose and then take the next one.

Overdose
Seek immediate medical intervention if you know you have overdoses; signs would include less urination than normal; pain in the stomach; vomiting; nausea; black stools which may be bloody; drowsiness; and a feeling of shortness in breath.

There could be other symptoms as well.

Precautions
Do not take other NSAID medications while taking Mefenamic acid. Also avoid alcohol.

Side Effects
Some relatively mild side effects include drowsiness and dizziness, headache, an upset stomach, and nausea. Seek medical intervention if these conditions do not subside.
More serious side effects include pain in the chest, cough or vomit that is bloody, shortness of breath, mood or behavior swings, lethargy creeping in, slurred speech, and problems with balance or vision.
Bear in mind that there could be other side effects as well.

Dosage
Dosage would vary depending on factors such as age, other medical conditions, as well as any allergies that you may have, among a whole host of numerous factors.

Interaction with other Medication
There are many medications which may interact and / or intervene with Mefenamic acid. They include antidepressants such as luvoxamine and escitalopram; heart or BP medications like enalapril and quinapril; and other NSAIDs such as ketoprofen and ibuprofen.

Bear in mind that there could be other medications which intervene with the way Mefenamic acid functions so it is always advisable that you double check with your doctor about all medications that you are taking and the possible consequences that may arise out of doing so.

Additional Information

SKU 645
US Brand Name Ponstel 250mg
Strength 250 mg
Generic Name Mefenamic acid
Manufacturer Pfizer
PharmaceuticalForm Tablet/s
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