Ponstel, also referred to as Mefenamic acid, belongs to the group of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. The drug reduces the number of hormones responsible for the appearance of pain and inflammation in the organism, thereby improving your state. Moreover, Ponstel is advised to the patients suffering from painful menstruation.
Usually, Mefenamic acid is intended for a short-term (about 1 week) treatment and used to alleviate mild to moderate pain in adult patients and children over the age of 14. However, the drug can be used for the treatment of other conditions, not indicated in this article.
Recommendations for Use
Consult your doctor before starting the treatment with Ponstel, if you want to avoid any adverse effects. Stick to the necessary dosage, frequency of use and duration of treatment. Avoid changing the drug dose on your own, as the drug overdose may cause serious health complications. However, your physician may adjust your dose to improve the results. Usually, the treatment with Ponstel lasts for a week. However, if you’re prescribed a long-term treatment, you’ll have to do regular blood tests. Mefenamic acid may affect the results of some tests, which s why you should tell your physician that you’re taking this drug.
Never change the dose of Ponstel on your own. If you have skipped a pill, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it’s already time for the next dose, skip it and keep following your usual dosing schedule. Don’t take the double dose to prevent overdose and related health complications.
Before starting the treatment with Ponstel, you should inform your physician about all your diseases. Indicate all the health issues, severe illnesses and even insignificant problems to minimize the risk of adverse effects and harmful effect of the drug on your body. Pay special attention to such states as: heart problems, hypertension, increased level of cholesterol, blood clotting, stroke or heart failure, water retention, liver diseases, asthma, etc.
The drug can enhance the risk of stroke or heart failure, especially in people taking Mefenamic acid for a long time. Mefenamic acid may cause gastrointestinal bleeding, which can be fatal. Therefore, don’t use the drug if you have allergy to any of its active ingredients or similar drugs, have excessive stomach hemorrhage or ulcers, kidney problems, indigestion, etc.
Mefenamic acid may be dangerous for pregnant and lactating women because of its powerful effect on the health of a fetus or a newborn.
Inform your doctor about all the drugs you’re using, particularly: antidepressants, anticoagulants, blood pressure treatments, heart drugs, steroids, antacids, etc.
These are many other drugs, which may interact with Ponstel and lead to the serious health complications.
Seek the immediate medical assistance if you note any other symptoms during the treatment. The most common of them are: allergic reactions, symptoms of stroke or heart failure, shortness of breath, sudden weight change, liver/kidney dysfunction, gastrointestinal bleeding, loose bowels, head pain, vomiting, stomach upset, etc.