Ponstel (Oral)

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Ponstel (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information

Ponstel (Oral)

Ponstel (Oral) Medication Classification


Ponstel (Oral) Brandname


Ponstel (Oral) is used for the Treatment

Mefenamic Acid (me-fe-NAM-ik AS-id) Used for short periods to relieve different types of pain, including menstrual pain.Belongs to a class of drugs called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

When To Not Use Ponstel (Oral)

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to mefenamic acid, aspirin, or other pain and arthritis medicines, such as Motrin®, Aleve® or Naprosyn®, Indocin®, or Clinoril®. The reaction may have included wheezing or trouble breathing, hives, rash, or swelling in the face.

How Should You Use Ponstel (Oral)


  • Your doctor will tell you how much to take and how often.
  • Take your tablets with a full glass of water.
  • If the medicine upsets your stomach, take it with food, milk, or antacids (such as Maalox® or Mylanta®).
  • If a dose is missed:
  • Take the missed dose as soon as possible.
  • If it is almost time for your next regular dose, wait until then to take your medicine and skip the missed dose.
  • You should not use two doses at the same time.

Proper Ponstel (Oral) Storage

Store Ponstel (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Ponstel (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Ponstel (Oral)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • You should not use this medicine with aspirin or products that contain aspirin, naproxen (Aleve®), or ibuprofen (Advil® or Motrin®).
  • Avoid drinking alcohol while you are taking this medicine.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are taking Coumadin®.

Ponstel (Oral) Warnings

  • Talk with your doctor before taking this medicine if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have heart disease, high blood pressure, liver or kidney disease, blood disorders, or ulcers or other stomach problems.
  • You should not use mefenamic acid for more than 7 days unless your doctor tells you to.
  • Ulcers and stomach bleeding are sometimes caused by this type of medicine. These problems can happen without warning signs. You may need to see your doctor for regular check-ups while you are taking this medicine.

Ponstel (Oral) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Rash or hives
  • Swelling of face or around eyes
  • Chest tightness or trouble breathing
  • Sore throat or fever
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Yellowing of skin or eyes
  • Decreased amount of urine
  • Severe stomach pain or bloody vomit
  • Bloody or black tarry stools
  • Diarrhea
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Heartburn
  • Drowsiness or dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Weight gain or retaining water

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