Meftal (Mefenamic Acid) is used to relieve mild and severe pain and is known as fenamate NSAID. Besides, it is used in treating primary dysmenorrhea, arthritis (such as osteoarthritis), menorrhagia, headaches, toothaches, and pains caused by other health disorders. The therapeutic benefits of this analgesic medicine are achieved by inhibiting the synthesis of inflammatory prostaglandins – the lipid compounds derived from arachidonic acid. The prostaglandins play a role in mediating inflammatory responses and have the effect of promoting inflammation. This medicine has antipyretic (fever reducing) properties.
How to use Meftal
This medicine is consumed orally with plenty of water before or after eating. It is important to follow the directions given to you by the prescribing doctor or the physician. Do not crush the tablets or dissolve them in water since that may affect the content of the active ingredient. Consult your doctor if you have any questions about your medication.
Meftal (Mefenamic Acid) tablets are consumed whole with water and are taken either before or after meals. The general prescription for adults is 1 tablet 3 time a day, which may differ basing on individual factors. When the medicine is used to treat excessive menstrual bleeding, the doctor may instruct that the medication begins on the first day the bleeding is experienced. The doctors will always aim at prescribing the minimum dose to avert the side effects of the drug.
Meftal Side Effects
Meftal (Mefenamic Acid) is known to have side effects on some patients, some of which include bloated sensation, anxiety, belching and sour stomach, hearing a ringing voice, and headaches among others. All side effects should be reported to the doctor. Other side effects that require immediate medical intervention include discolored urine, soreness when passing urine, weight gain, visual problems, and blister among others. When such reactions are noticed, it is crucial that you seek medical advice promptly.
Patients are advised to immediately stop using Meftal (Mefenamic Acid) when they notice stains of blood in their stool which may be an indication of severe stomach ulcers or stomach bleeding. See your doctor for further instructions.
NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) may increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes or other severe cardiovascular conditions. This effect may be more felt by patients with heart problems. It is prudent that you talk to your doctor about such conditions before starting the medication.
In case you suffer from allergic reactions from using this drug, seek immediate medical attention. Watch out for symptoms such as hives, swelling of the limbs and the face, skin rashes, trouble swallowing, and breathing problems.
Use Meftal (Mefenamic Acid) as directed by the doctor keeping in mind the number of tablets to take per day and avoiding any type of self-medication or dosage alteration before consulting your doctor. The prescribed dosage may vary from time to time depending on the condition of your health, the severity of the treated disorder, and your medical history.
This drug is not safe for all patients and, therefore, before using it, it is advisable that you disclose some information to your doctor. Such information include whether you are pregnant, breastfeeding, suffering from any medical conditions or illnesses, have any allergies, are under other medications including those that require no prescription, or whether you are using any herbal products, supplements or vitamins.