Tolfenamic acid is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It relieves pain and reduces fever. You should only use this medicine if your healthcare provider prescribes it.
Tolfenamic acid is used to relieve migraine attacks. It relieves the first symptoms of migraine when it occurs. You may use it subsequently if the attack occurs again.
Tolfenamic acid should be used with caution as it worsens stomach ulcers and increases the risk of heart problems. You should inform your healthcare provider if you have stomach ulcers or any heart-related condition before using this medicine.
- Tolfenamic acid comes in 200 mg tablets. Take one 200 mg tablet once the first migraine attack occurs. You may take another tablet within 1-2 hours if the pain returns.
- Swallow the entire tablet (do not chew), taking it with some food or milk.
- Do not drink alcohol while using this medicine.
- Do not more than one tablet at a time.
- Seek medical attention immediately if you use more than the amount prescribed by your healthcare provider.
The side-effects you may experience when you use this medicine include:
- Feeling sick.
- Stomach pain.
- Watery stools.
- Hard stools.
In more severe cases, you may experience:
- Stomach ulcers and bleeding.
- Skin rash when you are allergic to the medicine.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Chest pain or heart attack.
- Tolfenamic 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 such as hypertension.
- It worsens stomach ulcers. Inform your healthcare provider if you have active stomach ulcers before using this medicine.
- Tolfenamic acid worsens asthma. If you are asthmatic, inform your healthcare provider before using this medicine.
- It may cause some 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 the other medicines you are taking, including herbal medicines.
- You may bleed more if you also use drugs like warfarin or aspirin.
- Avoid taking this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Avoid taking this medicine with other NSAIDs such as ibuprofen and diclofenac.