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Meftal-Spas Injection


Overview

Introduction

Meftal-Spas Injection is used in the treatment of abdominal pain and functional irritable bowel syndrome (symptoms include abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, and diarrhea or constipation). It helps to control sudden muscle contractions (spasms), thereby reduces abdominal cramps.

Meftal-Spas Injection is given by your doctor or nurse. You should keep taking this medicine for as long as your doctor recommends. If you stop treatment too early your symptoms may come back and your condition may worsen. Let your doctor know about all other medications you are taking as some may affect, or be affected by this medicine.

The most common side effects are dry mouth, blurred vision, nausea, weakness and nervousness. Most of these are temporary and usually resolve with time. Contact your doctor straight away if you are at all concerned about any of these side effects. It may cause dizziness and sleepiness, so do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how this medicine affects you. Avoid drinking alcohol while taking this medicine as it can worsen your sleepiness. This medicine may also cause diarrhea, so its better to take plenty of fluids while taking this medicine as it may help to prevent dehydration.

Pregnant or breastfeeding women should also consult their doctor before taking this medicine. Meftal-Spas Injection should be used with caution in patients with liver and kidney disease or alcohol abuse. It should not be used in infants less than six months of age.

Uses of Meftal-Spas Injection

Side effects of Meftal-Spas Injection

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Meftal-Spas

  • Nausea
  • Sleepiness
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Dryness in mouth
  • Nervousness
  • Weakness

How to cope with side effects?

The occurrence of side effects varies from person to person. The following are a few ways of dealing with some of the common side effects. However, consult your doctor if these persist.

  • Coping with Nausea
    You can help yourself by eating small, frequent meals rather than large ones and drinking plenty of fluids. Eat slowly. Avoid fatty, fried, spicy and very sweet foods. Eat cold or slightly warm food if the smell of cooked or cooking food makes you feel sick. Get plenty of fresh air. You could also try chewing ginger or drinking ginger tea. Eat bananas to replace potassium in your blood which can drop if you are sick (vomit). Use oral rehydration salts to replace vitamins and minerals lost through being sick. There are some medicines that can help you stop from feeling sick. Speak to your doctor if your condition does not improve.
  • Coping with Sleepiness
    If the medicine is making you drowsy during the day, stop what you are doing and sit or lie down until you feel better. You can also consider taking a nap. Physical exercises such as walking may be helpful. Do not drink alcohol, as it will make you feel more tired. Avoid driving or operating heavy equipment when you are feeling drowsy. This problem usually goes away as your body gets used to the medicine. However, if it does not, ask your doctor if you can take your medicine at bedtime or whether the dose can be reduced.
  • Coping with Dizziness
    This is usually short-lived and should go away within a few days. If this happens, stop what you are doing and sit or lie down until you feel better. Lying still in a dark, quiet room may help reduce the spinning feeling. Sleep with your head slightly raised on two or more pillows. Get up slowly from a lying or sitting position. Get plenty of rest and try to relax as being anxious can make it worse. Try taking this medicine at bedtime to reduce the symptoms. Drinking plenty of water and ginger tea may also help. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and smoking as it will make you feel worse. Avoid driving or using tools or machinery until you feel better.
  • Coping with Blurred vision
    You can consider washing your eyes with water. Avoid driving or using tools or machines if your vision is impaired. Do not take your next dose if your vision is still blurry. If it gets worse or does not improve, ask your doctor to recommend eye drops or talk about changing your medications.
  • Coping with Dryness in mouth
    Keep a drink available that you can sip through the day. Rinse your mouth with warm salted water and chew sugarless gum or hard candy. Try breathing through your nose more often than your mouth. Avoid caffeinated beverages, smoking and alcohol because they can make your condition worse. Use lip balm if your lips are also dry. Try to avoid foods that are acidic (like lemons), spicy, salty or sugary. If this side effect bothers you or does not go away, talk to your doctor about artificial saliva products or other suitable treatments.
  • Coping with Nervousness
    This often disappears when the condition you are being treated for is managed. You could ask your doctor about changing the dose of your medicine or alternatives if it is affecting your daily life or causing you distress. Psychological treatments may be available. Some things you can do to help yourself include stopping smoking, cutting down the amount of alcohol and caffeine you drink, and doing regular exercise. You should also eat a healthy diet and find out how to get sleep if you are having trouble. Try talking to a friend or family member. Calming breathing exercises and other relaxation techniques may also help.
  • Coping with Weakness
    Make sure you rest and drink plenty of fluids. Eat a well-balanced diet to keep your energy levels up. Do not drink too much alcohol. Do not drive or use tools or machinery until you feel better. Other things that can help include doing some gentle exercise every day, prioritizing and pacing your activities and having a short nap if you need to. If you are still having problems after a week, speak to your doctor, as they may want to change you to a different type of medicine.

How to use Meftal-Spas Injection

Your doctor or nurse will give you this medicine. Kindly do not self administer.

How Meftal-Spas Injection works

Meftal-Spas Injection is an anticholinergic medication. It works by relaxing the muscles in the stomach and gut (intestine). It stops sudden muscle contractions (spasms), thereby relieving cramps, pain, bloating, and discomfort.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
UNSAFE
Meftal-Spas Injection may cause excessive drowsiness with alcohol.
Pregnancy
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Meftal-Spas Injection is generally considered safe to use during pregnancy. Animal studies have shown low or no adverse effects to the developing baby; however, there are limited human studies.
Breastfeeding
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Meftal-Spas Injection is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug may pass into the breastmilk and harm the baby.
Driving
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
It is not known whether Meftal-Spas Injection alters the ability to drive. Do not drive if you experience any symptoms that affect your ability to concentrate and react.
Kidney
CAUTION
Meftal-Spas Injection should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Meftal-Spas Injection may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
CAUTION
Meftal-Spas Injection should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Meftal-Spas Injection may be needed. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Meftal-Spas Injection?

If you miss a dose of Meftal-Spas Injection, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

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Quick Tips

  • Meftal-Spas Injection is given as an injection into muscles by your doctor only.
  • It may cause dizziness or drowsiness. Use caution while driving or doing anything that requires concentration.
  • Dry mouth may occur as a side effect. Frequent mouth rinses, good oral hygiene, increased water intake and sugarless candy may help.
  • It may make you sweat less. Avoid doing things that may cause you to overheat such as exercise.
  • Avoid consuming alcohol while taking Meftal-Spas Injection as it can cause excessive drowsiness and increase your risk of stomach problems.
  • Inform your doctor if you experience severe or long-lasting pain in your stomach.

Fact Box

Chemical Class
Tertiary Amines
Habit Forming
No

Patient Concerns

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Take tab meftal spas sos Get LFT ultrasound abdomen stool routine and culture tests
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