Mefalth 500 MG Tablet

Manufactured byOrchid Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
Description

Mefalth 500 MG Tablet is a Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medicine used to treat pain associated with conditions like Gout, Rheumatoid Arthritis, sprains of muscles and joints etc. It is also used to relieve pain and cramps during menstrual periods.

Substitutes

List of substitutes for Mefalth 500 MG Tablet

Almefkem 500 MG Tablet
Alkem Laboratories Ltd.
Ponstan 500 MG Tablet
Pfizer Ltd.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Mefalth 500 MG Tablet

  • Diarrhea
  • Cosntipation
  • Bloating
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing or buzzing in the ears
  • Blurred vision
  • Weight gain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling of face, lips, eyelids, tongue, hands and feet
  • Peeling and blistering of skin
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Yellow colored eyes or skin
  • Difficult or painful urination
  • Bloody and Cloudy urine
  • Excessive tiredness

Uses of Mefalth 500 MG Tablet

What is it prescribed for?

  • Acute Pain
  • Dysmenorrhea
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The effect of this medicine can be observed within 20-30 minutes of administration.
  • Duration of effect
    The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 4-6 hours.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Avoid or limit the uptake of alcohol while using this medicine. Contact your doctor immediately if blood is observed in the stool, cough, or vomit.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless potential benefits outweigh the risks associated. Contact your doctor before using this medicine. It should not be used during the third trimester of pregnancy.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    Use of this medicine in breastfeeding women is not recommended as the amount passing through the milk and its effect on the infant is unknown. Your doctor may prescribe a safer alternative in such cases.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use if you have a known history of allergy to mefenamic acid or other medicines of the NSAID class.

Other allergic conditions

This medicine is not recommended for use if you have a allergic condition like asthma, urticaria, or any other allergic condition.

Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery (CABG)

This medicine is not recommended for use if you have undergone coronary artery bypass surgery recently.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless potential benefits outweigh the risks associated. Contact your doctor before using this medicine. It should not be used during the third trimester of pregnancy.

Breast-feeding

Use of this medicine in breastfeeding women is not recommended as the amount passing through the milk and its effect on the infant is unknown. Your doctor may prescribe a safer alternative in such cases.
General warnings

Other medicines

Report the use of all other medicines including supplement and herbs to the doctor before receiving this medicine. Any possible interaction with these medicines should be ruled out before starting the treatment with mefenamic acid.

Effect on heart

Use of this medicine for a long duration may cause fluid retention and heart failure. It should be administered with caution in patients suffering from a disease of the heart or blood vessels or patients exposed to the risk factors.

Asthma

Use of this medicine can cause an acute attack of asthma to occur especially in patients with a history of aspirin sensitivity. It should be used with extreme caution in such cases.

Peptic ulcer

This medicine should be used with caution in patients suffering from peptic ulcer or other diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.

Allergic skin reaction

Use of this medicine can cause a series of allergic skin reaction (Stevens-Johnson syndrome or toxic epidermal necrolysis). It should be stopped immediately if signs of a skin allergy are observed.

Missed Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next scheduled dose then the missed dose can be skipped.

Overdose

Contact your doctor immediately if an overdose with this medicine is suspected. Symptoms may include rashes on the skin, confusion, pain in the chest, blurred vision etc. Immediate medical attention is needed if an overdose is confirmed.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Consumption of alcohol while taking this medicine increases the risk of bleeding in the stomach and the intestine.

Instructions

Avoid or limit the uptake of alcohol while using this medicine. Contact your doctor immediately if blood is observed in the stool, cough, or vomit.
Interaction with Medicine

Glimepiride

Methotrexate

Propranolol

Ramipril

Tacrolimus

Warfarin

Furosemide

Aspirin

Ketorolac

Immune globulin (intravenous)

Spironolactone

Disease interactions

Asthma

Use of this medicine should be avoided in patients suffering from aspirin-sensitive asthma. It should be used with caution in patients suffering from other forms of asthma or broncho-obstructive disorders.

Fluid Retention and edema

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with pre-existing fluid retention disorder. Fluid retention can be attributed to other conditions like hypertension, heart failure etc. Therapy with this medicine should begin only after these risk factors are ruled out.

Gastro-Intestinal toxicity

This medicine or other NSAIDs should be taken after consulting a doctor especially if the intended duration is longer than a month. Any symptom indicating ulceration and bleeding like chronic indigestion, appearance of coffee colored dry blood in stools or vomiting of blood should be reported immediately.

Skin rash and peeling

This medicine can cause these fatal skin allergies without any warnings. Signs and symptoms like rashes, hives, fever or other allergic symptoms should be reported without any delay. This condition requires immediate medical intervention.

Impaired kidney function

This medicine should be taken after consulting a doctor if you are having a kidney disease. Suitable adjustment in dosage and monitoring of kidney functions is required in such situations. It should not be used if the impairment is severe.

Impaired liver function

This medicine should be used with caution in patients having an impairment of liver function. Suitable dose adjustments and monitoring of liver function are recommended in such cases.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions

Diazo test for urinary bile

Report the use of this medicine before undergoing the diazo test for determination of urinary bile content. This medicine can potentially yield a false positive result.
Take Mefalth 500 MG Tablet as instructed by the doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller quantities than recommended. The dosage and the duration of use of this medicine should be kept as low as possible. This medicine should be taken with food. An adequate amount of water should be consumed while taking this medicine.
Miscelleneous

To be taken with food

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine works by stopping the production of certain chemicals in the body that causes swelling, pain, and fever.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents

Schedule

Schedule H

DailyMed - Mefenamic acid capsule [Internet]. Dailymed.nlm.nih.gov. 2017 [cited 30 May 2017]. Available from:

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=4b0788cd-bdca-4fa5-9eba-01a270613aab

Mefenamic acid - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2017 [cited 30 May 2017]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00784

Mefenamic Acid: MedlinePlus Drug Information [Internet]. Medlineplus.gov. 2017 [cited 30 May 2017]. Available from:

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a681028.html
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