Ponstel (Mefenamic Acid)

Strength(s): 250 mg ; 500 mg

Active Ingredient: Mefenamic Acid



Ponstel is a medication that is used in the short-term treatment of pain arising from various conditions. Also, this medication is used in decreasing pain and blood loss during menstrual periods. Ponstel is classified as an anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). In some cases, this medication may be used in the treatment of gout attacks.

How to use Ponstel

Before taking this medication, read the instructions on the package and the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist. If any questions arise, consult your doctor or pharmacist. This medication should only be taken as prescribed by the doctor.

Do not increase or decrease the dose without being instructed to do so by your doctor. Do not take more medication than prescribed or for a longer period than prescribed.

This medication is taken orally, usually 4 times daily, as directed by the doctor. Dosage is dependent on response to treatment and the medical condition. Ponstel is to be taken with milk or food to reduce the risk of stomach upset. After taking this medication, do not lie down for at least 10 minutes.

Take this medication at the lowest effective dose. This lowers the risk of side effects and prevents stomach bleeding. Also, this medication should not be taken for more than 7 days consecutively.

If your condition fails to improve, consult your doctor.


Do not take Ponstel if you are allergic to it. Discuss with your doctor any other allergies you may have before getting your prescription. Inactive ingredients present in this drug may lead to an allergic reaction. For more details, consult your pharmacist.

Before taking this medication, discuss your medical history with your doctor especially of asthma, blood disorders, stomach/esophagus/intestinal problems, bleeding/clotting problems, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, growth in the nose, swollen ankles/feet/hands, stroke, and tobacco use.

Before any surgeries, be sure to inform your doctor of the use of this and other medications you are using. Avoid alcohol and tobacco while taking this medication as they increase the risk of stomach bleeding. This medication may result in dizziness and drowsiness. Do not carry out activities that require alertness while under this medication until you are confident you can carry them out.

This medication increases your sensitivity to the sun. Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun and use protective clothing and sunscreen when going outdoors.

During pregnancy, use Ponstel only when clearly needed. During the first and third trimester, this medication should be avoided as it may harm the unborn baby or bring about labor/delivery complications. Consult your doctor to understand the risks and benefits. This medication passes into breast milk and may cause harm to the infant. Consult your doctor to understand the risks and benefits before breastfeeding.

Side effects

Common side effects experienced when taking this medication headache, diarrhea, nausea, upset stomach, dizziness, drowsiness, and heartburn. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if these effects persist or worsen. This medication has been prescribed by the doctor since it has been determined the benefits outweigh the risk of side effects.

Serious side effects that may be experienced when taking this medication include fainting, swollen hands/ankles/feet, difficulty swallowing, fast/pounding heartbeat, persistent/severe headache, fainting, unusual tiredness, hearing changes, vision changes, stomach pain, mental/mood disorders. If you experience these effects, seek immediate medical assistance.

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