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Making a comeback: Popular might be a stretch. It is an older medication commonly used for cramping with periods. For awhile it was difficult to find in a lot of pharmacies, but is now more available. ...Read more
Mefenamic acid: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/mefenamic_acid.Get a more detailed answer ›
Or your regular doc: Your pediatrician or internist can prescribe the medication as well as a gynocologist. ...Read more
Similar to aleve (naproxen): Mefenamic acid (ponstel) belongs to the non-steroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) such as aleve, (naproxen) Motrin etc..Common side effects: abd pain, anorexia, diarrhea, nausea, gastritis/ulcers/bleeding, flatulence, constipation, and less commonly low blod count, renal failure, allergic reaction etc..Use smallest effective dose for shortest time possible. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Ponstel allergy: Ponstel (Mefenamic acid) is a nonsteroidal anti-Inflammatory medication. An allergy occurs when your body’s immune system creates antibodies to a foreign substance causing a reaction that can be mild to severe. For potential adverse effects see: http://www.rxlist.com/ponstel-drug.htm ...Read more
As any NSAID: Not a drug to take lightly (neither is aleeve, advil, (ibuprofen) Motrin ect.). All non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents have potential for many disturbances. I no longer use these drugs long term. The most concerning is sudden and without warning stomach bleed, heart events, and kidney failure. ...Read more
Which is the best medicine against severe toothache? I used to take ponstel (mefenamic acid), but this time it doesn't work at all.
In the us you do: In the United States you will need a prescription. Different countries handle things differently. ...Read more
Yes, but...: In the class of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, it is a good choice for muscular pain. However, beware the side effects on the gastrointestinal tract which are severe and related to increasing dose. These medicines would best be taken on a full stomach and at as low dose possible to achieve pain relief. ...Read more
Ponstel (mefenamic acid): This really depends on the country you are in. Check with your pharmacy/chemist and they will advise. ...Read more
My 17 month old boy has a fever and is still 38.6 I gave him Nurofen and Ponstel, but not getting it lower than mentioned. Should I be concerned?
Pretty Effective: All of the standard nsaid's are fairly effective for menstrual cramps. This would not be my choice of an NSAID for this indication as i believe that it has more GI side effects. You might consider Ibuprofen or naproxen. All of these meds should be used cautiously as they can cause GI ulcers. Probably should have to take for more than 4 or 5 days. If you need them for more than this, see your dr. ...Read more