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Ponstel Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is mefenamic acid (Ponstel)?
- What are the possible side effects of mefenamic acid (Ponstel)?
- What is the most important information I should know about mefenamic acid (Ponstel)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking mefenamic acid (Ponstel)?
- How should I take mefenamic acid (Ponstel)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Ponstel)?
- What happens if I overdose (Ponstel)?
- What should I avoid while taking mefenamic acid (Ponstel)?
- What other drugs will affect mefenamic acid (Ponstel)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Ponstel)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at your next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Ponstel)?
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, dizziness, drowsiness, black or bloody stools, coughing up blood, urinating less than usual or not at all, shallow breathing, fainting, or coma.
What should I avoid while taking mefenamic acid (Ponstel)?
Do not use any other over-the-counter cold, allergy, or pain medication without first asking your doctor or pharmacist. Many medicines available over the counter contain medicines similar to mefenamic acid (such as aspirin, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, or naproxen). If you take certain products together you may accidentally take too much of this type of medication. Read the label of any other medicine you are using to see if it contains aspirin, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, or naproxen.
Do not drink alcohol while taking mefenamic acid. Alcohol can increase the risk of stomach bleeding.
What other drugs will affect mefenamic acid (Ponstel)?
Tell your doctor if you are taking an antidepressant such as citalopram (Celexa), duloxetine (Cymbalta), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem, Symbyax), fluvoxamine (Luvox), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft), or venlafaxine (Effexor). Taking any of these drugs with mefenamic acid may cause you to bruise or bleed easily.
Before taking mefenamic acid, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following drugs:
- a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin;
- a diuretic (water pill) such as furosemide (Lasix);
- cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune);
- lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid);
- methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall);
- steroids (prednisone and others); or
- aspirin or NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as diclofenac (Voltaren), etodolac (Lodine), fenoprofen (Nalfon), flurbiprofen (Ansaid), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), indomethacin (Indocin), ketoprofen (Orudis), ketorolac (Toradol), meclofenamate (Meclomen), meloxicam (Mobic), nabumetone (Relafen), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), piroxicam (Feldene), and others.
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with mefenamic acid. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about mefenamic acid.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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Additional Ponstel Information
- Ponstel Drug Interactions Center: mefenamic acid oral
- Ponstel Side Effects Center
- Ponstel Overview including Precautions
- Ponstel FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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