Vahspas 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 Vahspas?
Yes, Vahspas 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 Vahspas when my pain is relieved?
Vahspas is usually used for short-term and can be discontinued when your pain is relieved. However, Vahspas should be continued if you are advised by your physician to do so.
Q. Can the use of Vahspas cause nausea and vomiting?
Yes, the use of Vahspas 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 Vahspas cause dry mouth?
Yes, the use of Vahspas 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 Vahspas?
The use of Vahspas 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 Vahspas cause damage to kidneys?
Yes, the long-term use of Vahspas 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 Vahspas 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.
Yes, Vahspas does expire. Please check the expiry date written on the pack of this medicine. Do not use Vahspas after the expiry date.