By Medically reviewed by Hello Doktor Medical Panel


What is dolfenal used for?

Dolfenal is commonly used for the relief of mild to moderately severe including somatic and neurotic pain, headache, migraine, traumatic pain, postpartum pain, post-op pain, dental pain, and fever following various inflammatory conditions, dysmenorrhea, menorrhagia accompanied by spasm or hypogastric pain.

How should I take dolfenal?

  • Dolfenal should be taken with food. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Do not take this medicine in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Use the lowest dose that is effective in treating your condition.
  • Dolfenal acid should not be used for longer than 7 days. Follow your doctor’s dosing instructions very carefully.
  • If you use this medicine long-term, you may need frequent medical tests.
  • Dolfenal acid can cause unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using dolfenal acid.
  • Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
  • Read all patient information, medication guides, and instruction sheets provided to you. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

How do I store dolfenal?

Dolfenal is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store dolfenal in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of dolfenal 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 dolfenal 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 dolfenal?

Dolfenal acid can increase your risk of fatal heart attack or stroke, especially if you use it long term or take high doses, or if you have heart disease. Do not use this medicine just before or after heart bypass surgery (coronary artery bypass graft, or CABG).

Dolfenal acid may also cause stomach or intestinal bleeding, which can be fatal. These conditions can occur without warning while you are using dolfenal acid, especially in older adults.

You should not take dolfenal acid if you already have stomach bleeding or an active ulcer, or a bowel disorder such as ulcerative colitis, or if you have kidney disease.

Taking dolfenal acid during the last 3 months of pregnancy may harm the unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

Dolfenal acid can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breastfeed while using this medicine.

Dolfenal acid is not approved for use by anyone younger than 14 years old.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using dolfenal during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking dolfenal. Dolfenal is pregnancy risk category C, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk;
  • B=No risk in some studies;
  • C=There may be some risk;
  • D=Positive evidence of risk;
  • X=Contraindicated;
  • N=Unknown.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from dolfenal?

  • Stomach pain, indigestion, nausea, vomiting;
  • Diarrhea, constipation, gas;
  • Headache, dizziness;
  • Itching, skin rash;
  • Ringing in your ears.

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.


What drugs may interact with dolfenal?

Dolfenal 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, such as Oral anticoagulant, highly protein-bound drugs.

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.

Does food or alcohol interact with dolfenal?

Dolfenal 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 dolfenal?

Dolfenal 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.


The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using dolfenal.

What is the dose of dolfenal for an adult?

Usual adult dose for Pain

  • Initial dose: 500 mg orally once.
  • Following initial dose: 250 mg orally every 6 hours as needed.
  • Duration of therapy: usually not to exceed 1 week.

Usual adult dose for Dysmenorrhea

  • Initial dose: 500 mg orally once.
  • Following initial dose: 250 mg orally every 6 hours as needed.
  • Duration of therapy: 2 to 3 days.

Dose adjustments may be required in patients with liver dysfunction and elderly people.

What is the dose of dolfenal for a child?

Usual pediatric dose for Dysmenorrhea

14 years or older:

  • Initial dose: 500 mg orally once.
  • Following initial dose: 250 mg orally every 6 hours as needed.
  • Duration of therapy: 2 to 3 days.

How is dolfenal available?

Dolfenal is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Tablet: 250 mg, 500mg.

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

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services (115) or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of dolfenal, 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.

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Review Date: October 25, 2016 | Last Modified: December 19, 2019

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