Meclofenamic acid is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It is a pain-relief and fever-reducing medicine. You should only use this medicine if your healthcare provider prescribes it.
Meclofenamic acid relieves mild to moderate pain and joint swelling. It is used for joint diseases (arthritis), and problems like shoulder pain and knee pain. It is also used to treat menstrual pain.
This medicine is not as widely used since there are safer alternatives. You should use it with caution if you have stomach ulcers or heart disease.
- Mefenamic acid is available in 50mg and 100mg capsules.
- The dose varies, and its use will depend on your medical condition.
- The usual dose for joint diseases is 50-100mg, taken every 6-8 hours. For menstrual pain, you should take 100mg every 8 hours.
- Use this medicine with or after food.
- Do not take mefenamic acid with antacids unless directed by your healthcare provider.
- Swallow the whole capsule. Do not crush or chew the capsule.
- Do not drink alcohol while using this medicine.
- If you miss a dose, use it when you remember. Do not take two doses at the same time.
- Seek medical attention immediately if you use more than the amount prescribed by your healthcare provider.
The side-effects that you may experience when you use this medicine include:
- Stomach pain.
- Watery stools.
In more severe cases, you may experience:
- Stomach ulcers and bleeding.
- Skin rash, if you are allergic to the medicine.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Chest pain or heart attack.
Report any other side effects you may experience to your healthcare provider.
- Meclofenamic acid should not be used by children.
- This medicine increases your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Inform your healthcare provider if you have any heart problems.
- It worsens stomach ulcers. Before using this medicine, inform your healthcare provider if you have active stomach ulcers.
- Meclofenamic acid worsens asthma. If you are asthmatic, inform your healthcare provider before using this medicine.
- It may cause kidney or liver problems when you use it for long periods.
- You may experience dizziness while using this medicine. Do not drive or operate any machinery when you use it.
- If you are to undergo surgery, do not use this medicine three days before the surgery, especially if it is heart surgery.
- Inform your healthcare provider of any other medicines you are taking, including herbal pills. It may cause you to bleed more if you use drugs like warfarin or aspirin.
- Avoid this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- If your healthcare provider prescribes meclofenamic acid for long-term treatment, you may need to take blood tests regularly. Your healthcare provider will also monitor you for signs of stomach bleeding.