Pontalon

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Generic Name: Pontalon Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Uses

What is Pontalon® (mefenamic acid) used for?

Pontalon® is commonly used for relieving pain and reducing inflammation, such as headaches, menstrual cramps, muscle aches, dental pain and athletic injuries.

How should I take Pontalon® (mefenamic acid)?

Take Pontalon® as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

Take mefenamic acid by mouth. It may be taken with food if it upsets your stomach.

Taking it with food may not lower the risk of stomach or bowel problems (e.g., bleeding, ulcers). Talk with your doctor or pharmacist if you have persistent stomach upset.

Take Pontalon® with a full glass of water (8 oz/240 mL) as directed by your doctor.

How do I store Pontalon® (mefenamic acid)?

Pontalon® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Pontalon® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Pontalon® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Pontalon® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Pontalon® (mefenamic acid)?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Pontalon® or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

You have had a severe allergic reaction (e.g., severe rash, hives, trouble breathing, growths in the nose, dizziness) to aspirin or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) (e.g., ibuprofen, celecoxib).

You are in the last 3 months of pregnancy.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using Pontalon® during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Pontalon®.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Pontalon® (mefenamic acid)?

Side effects may occur when using this drug, such as:

  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Trouble breathing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue
  • Bloody or black, tarry stools
  • Change in the amount of urine produced

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Pontalon® (mefenamic acid)?

Pontalon® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Products that may interact with this drug, such as:

  • Anticoagulants (e.g., warfarin)
  • Aspirin
  • Corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone)
  • Heparin
  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) (e.g., fluoxetine)
  • Magnesium hydroxide (e.g., antacids)
  • Probenecid
  • Cyclosporine
  • Lithium
  • Methotrexate
  • Quinolones (e.g., ciprofloxacin)
  • Sulfonylureas (e.g., glipizide)
  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors (e.g., enalapril)
  • Diuretics (e.g., furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide)

Does food or alcohol interact with Pontalon® (mefenamic acid)?

Pontalon® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Pontalon® (mefenamic acid)?

Pontalon® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Health conditions that may interact with this drug, such as:

  • Bypass heart surgery
  • Kidney problems
  • Ulcers
  • A history of liver disease
  • Diabetes
  • Stomach or bowel problems (e.g., bleeding, perforation, ulcers)
  • A history of swelling or fluid buildup
  • Asthma
  • Growths in the nose (nasal polyps)
  • Mouth inflammation
  • High blood pressure
  • Blood disorders (e.g., porphyria)
  • Bleeding or clotting problems
  • Heart problems (e.g., heart failure)
  • Blood vessel disease
  • Poor health
  • Dehydration or low fluid volume
  • Low blood sodium levels
  • A history of alcohol abuse

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Pontalon® (mefenamic acid).

What is the dose of Pontalon® (mefenamic acid) for an adult?

Pain

Initial dose is 500 mg orally once.

Following initial dose 250 mg orally every 6 hours as needed.

Duration of therapy: Usually not to exceed 1 week.

Dysmenorrhea

Initial dose is 500 mg orally once.

Following initial dose: 250 mg orally every 6 hours as needed.

Duration of therapy: 2 to 3 days.

What is the dose of Pontalon® (mefenamic acid) for a child?

Pain – 14 years or older:

Initial dose is 500 mg orally once.

Following initial dose: 250 mg orally every 6 hours as needed.

Duration of therapy: Usually not to exceed 1 week.

Dysmenorrhea – 14 years or older:

Initial dose is 500 mg orally once.

Following initial dose: 250 mg orally every 6 hours as needed.

Duration of therapy: 2 to 3 days.

How is Pontalon® (mefenamic acid) available?

Pontalon® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Capsule

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Pontalon®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: June 20, 2017 | Last Modified: June 20, 2017

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