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What is meptazinol used for?

Meptazinol is commonly used for the treatment of moderate to severe pain, including post-operative pain, pain during childbirth and the pain of renal colic through injection form.

It is also used in the short-term treatment of moderate pain in tablet form.

Meptazinol may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How should I take meptazinol?

Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Solution is given as an injection at your doctor’s office, hospital, or clinic. Your doctor will give you the injection, which can be repeated every 2-4 hours as necessary. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.

Take tablet medication by mouth with water, do not chew or break it, swallow the whole tablet.

How do I store meptazinol?

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

Consult with your doctor or pharmacist, 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 meptazinol or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
  • You are taking medicines known as monoamine-oxidase inhibitors (MOAIs) and for 14 days after discontinuing a MAOI.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

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

Side effects

What side effects can occur from meptazinol?

Meptazinol may cause following side effects, such as:

  • Feeling or being sick, indigestion, tummy (abdominal) pain
  • Feeling dizzy or sleepy
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Sweating
  • Rash
  • Headache

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 meptazinol?

Meptazinol 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.

Some products that may interact with this drug include:

  • Monoamine-oxidase inhibitors
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Antipsychotics such as chlorpromazine
  • Ritonavir
  • Quinolones (e.g. Ciprofloxacin)
  • Anxiolytics
  • Diazepam
  • Nitrazepam
  • Metoclopramide
  • Ciprofloxacin
  • Domperidone
  • Cimetidine

Does food or alcohol interact with meptazinol?

Meptazinol 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 meptazinol?

Meptazinol 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.

These health conditions are:

  • A tumor of the adrenal gland (phaeochromocytoma)
  • Alcohol-related problems
  • At risk of getting paralysis of the gut (intestine) known as paralytic ileus
  • Head injury, or build-up of pressure in the head (raised intracranial pressure)
  • Breathing problems
  • An asthma attack
  • Respiratory problems
  • Kidney problems
  • Liver problems
  • Low blood pressure
  • Hypothyroidism
  • An under-active thyroid gland (hypothyroidism)
  • Enlarged prostate gland
  • Fits or seizures (convulsive disorder)
  • Pain due to a heart attack


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

What is the dose of meptazinol for an adult?

Adult and elderly    

The recommended dose is 200mg 3-6 hourly as required. Usually one tablet 4 hourly.

What is the dose of meptazinol for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is meptazinol available?

Meptazinol is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • 200mg Film-Coated Tablets
  • 100mg/ml Solution for injection

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 meptazinol, 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: June 2, 2017 | Last Modified: December 19, 2019

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