Medicine Overview of Meftal-Spas Tablet
Meftal-Spas Tablet is used in the treatment of abdominal pain.
Side Effects of Meftal-Spas are Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhoea, Indigestion, Dryness in mouth, Loss of appetite, Sleepiness, Weakness, Nervousness, Blurred vision, Heartburn.
Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Meftal-Spas Tablet is to be taken with food.
This will help to avoid stomach upset.
Meftal-Spas Tablet is a combination of two medicines: Dicyclomine and Mefenamic Acid which relieve abdominal pain and cramps. Dicyclomine is an anticholinergic which works by relaxing the muscles in the stomach and gut (intestine). It stops sudden muscle contractions (spasms) thereby relieving cramps, pain, bloating, and discomfort. Mefenamic Acid is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) which works by blocking the release of certain chemical messengers that cause abdominal pain and inflammation (swelling).
In Depth Information on Meftal-Spas Tablet
Meftal-Spas Tablet related warnings
Taking Mefenamic acid with alcohol increases the risk of stomach bleeding.
WEIGH RISKS VS BENEFITS
Meftal-Spas Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
Meftal-Spas Tablet is probably unsafe to use during lactation.
Limited human data suggest that the drug could represent a significant risk to the baby.
Meftal-Spas Tablet may make you feel dizzy, drowsy or affect your vision. Do not drive until your vision is clear.
Meftal-Spas Tablet should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Meftal-Spas Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Meftal-Spas Tablet is not recommended in patients with severe kidney disease.
Meftal-Spas Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Meftal-Spas Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
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Frequently asked questions about Meftal-Spas Tablet
Meftal-spas is a combination of two medicines: Dicyclomine and Mefenamic acid. This medication helps in relieving stomach pain. It works by relaxing the muscles of the stomach and intestine by decreasing the levels of certain chemical substances in the body that cause pain.
Q. Is it safe to use Meftal-spas?
Yes, Meftal-spas is safe to use in most of the patients, however, in some, it may cause some common unwanted side effects like nausea, vomiting, heartburn, diarrhea, loss of appetite, dryness in mouth, weakness, sleepiness and other uncommon or rare side effect. Inform your doctor as soon as possible if you experience any persistent problem due to the medication.
Q. Can I stop taking Meftal-spas when my pain is relieved?
Meftal-spas is usually used for short-term and can be discontinued when your pain is relieved. However, Meftal-spas should be continued if you are advised by your physician to do so.
Q. Can the use of Meftal-spas cause nausea and vomiting?
Yes, the use of Meftal-spas can cause nausea and vomiting. In case, you experience nausea while taking this medicine, take it with milk, food or with antacids. Avoid taking fatty or fried foods. If you start to experience vomiting, drink plenty of water or other fluids. Try small frequent sips of the liquid. Talk to your doctor if you have persistent vomiting and signs of dehydration like dark colored and strong-smelling urine and a low frequency of urination. Do not take any other medicines without speaking to a doctor.
Q. Can the use of Meftal-spas cause dry mouth?
Yes, the use of Meftal-spas can cause dry mouth. If you experience dry mouth, drink plenty of water; Take regular sips during the day and keep some water by your bed at night. You may use lip balm if your lips are also dry. Try to avoid foods that are acidic (like lemons), spicy and salty.
Q. Are there any specific contraindications associated with the use of Meftal-spas?
The use of Meftal-spas is contraindicated in patients with known allergy to any of the component or excipients of this medicine or in patients with known allergy to other painkillers (NSAIDs). The use of this medicine should preferably be avoided in patients with a history of or active, recurrent stomach ulcer/bleeding and in patients with a history of heart failure, high blood pressure, and liver or kidney disease.
Q. Can the use of Meftal-spas cause damage to kidneys?
Yes, the long-term use of Meftal-spas can cause damage to the kidneys. Normal kidneys produce a chemical called prostaglandins that protect the kidneys from damage. Use of painkillers lower the levels of prostaglandins in the body leading to kidney damage on long-term use. Use of painkillers is not recommended in patients with underlying kidney disease.
Q. Can I take a higher dose of this medicine than recommended?
No, taking higher than the recommended dose of Meftal-spas can lead to increased chances of side effects. If you are experiencing increased severity of pain or the pain is not relieved by the recommended doses, please consult your doctor for re-evaluation.
Q. Does Meftal-spas expire?
Yes, Meftal-spas does expire. Please check the expiry date written on the pack of this medicine. Do not use Meftal-spas after the expiry date.
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