Ponstel (Mefenamic)

What is Ponstel?

Ponstel, also known as Mefenamic Acid, is classified as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, called NSAID. The medication affects hormones that serve the source of pain and inflammation in the organism, reduces their amount and, thus, improves the condition. Additionally, Ponstel is recommended for patients who have severe menstrual pains.

Generally, Mefenamic acid is prescribed for a short term (not longer than a week) to treat and relieve mild and moderate pain in children and adults over 14 years old. Nevertheless, the pharmaceutical can be administered in other cases and with other symptoms, not mentioned in the safety guide.


Recommendations for Use

Consult a healthcare specialist before the beginning of Ponstel intake if you wish to get only the necessary effects without any side effects. Follow the prescribed dosage, intake periodicity and duration of the treatment course. Never take the drug in smaller or larger amounts than necessary, since Ponstel misuse and overuse can cause dangerous side effects. Your doctor may change your dose for better results, though, never adjust the dose on your own. Commonly, Ponstel is taken up to 7 days, but you will need frequent tests in case of long-term use of the drug. Mefenamic acid may change the results of certain tests, so inform your doctor about the drug intake before taking any medical test.

Follow Ponstel intake schedule without any diversifications. Once you have missed Mefenamic acid dose, take it as soon as possible, or skip if the next one should be used in a short while. Do not double the following dose to avoid Ponstel overuse and related side effects.

Precautions and Contraindications

Before the beginning of Ponstel treatment course, tell your doctor about all the major and minor problems concerning your general health condition. Mention all the health problems, serious diseases and even minor disorders to eliminate the risk of undesirable effects and harmful impact of the medication on the organism. Pay exceptional attention to the conditions, such as: Heart issues, Uncontrolled high blood pressure, High cholesterol level, History of blood clot, stroke or heart attack, Fluid retention, Liver disorders. Asthma and other problems.

Ponstel can increase the risk of fatal stroke or heart attack, especially in patients who take Mefenamic acid for a long term or in high doses. Besides, the drug can lead to intestinal or stomach bleeding that may be fatal. Thus, never administer the medication if you are allergic to any of its active components or similar treatments, have active stomach bleeding or ulcers, suffer from kidney diseases, have serious bowel problems, etc.

Mefenamic acid can also be harmful for pregnant and breastfeeding women due to the potentially strong impact it produces on the health of an unborn or nursing child.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor about all the medications you are currently taking or have just stopped using, especially: Antidepressants, Blood thinners, Blood pressure drugs, Heart medications, Steroid pills, Antacids and others.

These and a range of other medications can interact with Ponstel causing undesirable complications.

Side Effects

Get emergency medical assistance if you have got any new symptoms or complications during Ponstel intake. The most frequent are: Allergic reactions, Signs of stroke or heart attack, Mild exertions, Reasonless weight gain, Liver or kidney disorders, Symptoms of stomach bleeding, Diarrhea, headache, vomiting, indigestion, etc.