Ponstel Mefenamic Acid and/or alternatives
Ponstel is a drug which falls under the category of medications known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs. The key role of NSAIDs is to control the substances in the body that can cause severe cases of pain and inflammation. However, it must be remembered that NSAIDs cannot cure the root cause of the problem, they merely provide relief of pain and inflammation. The generic name of Ponstel is Mefenamic Acid.
Ponstel is available in the form of capsules in one strength: Ponstel 250mg.
Indications & Dosage of Ponstel
Ponstel is generally indicated for the short term treatment of menstrual pain, with the pain ranging from mild to moderate levels. It may also be prescribed for other kinds of treatment by a doctor.
Directions prescribed by the doctor should be strictly followed during treatment with Ponstel. Since it is an NSAID, altering dosage amounts may lead to severe and possibly fatal health complications. Ponstel capsules can be taken separately or with food, along with a full glass of water. Patients who buy Ponstel should consult a doctor if they have any existing stomach ailment.
If a dose is missed, it is advisable to take it as soon as possible. However, the dose should be skipped if the time of the next dose is near. Taking two doses at one time is not recommended. Ponstel should be stored at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.
Side effects & Interactions of Ponstel
Ponstel users may experience certain side effects of the drug. Some side effects are not really harmful to the body and tend to wear off within a short period of time. Some of these side effects are:
- Constipation and Diarrhea;
- Headaches and Dizziness;
- Stomach upset
Apart from the aforementioned side effects, the users may experience certain other side effects which may be of a more serious nature. These side effects need urgent medical attention to be dealt with. They are as follows:
- Allergic reactions like breathing difficulties, rashes, itching, hives and swelling in various parts of the body.
- Change in urinating pattern and color;
- Rapid heartbeat;
- Severe depression;
- Skin problems;
- Vision and speech problems;
- Unusual bleeding;
- Severe nausea and vomiting;
- Frequent mood swings;
- Fever and sore throat;
Ponstel may interact with certain drugs like Magnesium hydroxide, anticoagulants, corticosteroids, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, lithium, quinolones, cyclosporine, angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors and diuretics. Before taking any of these drugs, it is recommended that you consult a doctor to determine the safety of using any of the drugs along with Ponstel.
Warnings & Precautions of Ponstel
Patients should be careful not to buy Ponstel if they are allergic to any of the ingredients present in the drug. People who have faced trouble with other NSAIDs in the past should also keep away from the drug.
People with medical conditions like kidney and liver problems, stomach inflammations, and those who are to undergo a heart bypass heart surgery should consult a doctor before using Ponstel.
Breastfeeding and pregnant women should avoid taking Ponstel as it is known to pass into breast milk and also harm an unborn baby.
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