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    Dicyclomine + Mefenamic Acid

    Information about Dicyclomine + Mefenamic Acid

    Dicyclomine + mefenamic acid uses

    Dicyclomine+Mefenamic Acid is used in the treatment of menstrual pain and colicky pain. It relieves colicky pain associated with intestinal, biliary, and ureteric colic.

    How dicyclomine + mefenamic acid works

    This is a combination of two medicines: Dicyclomine and Mefenamic Acid. 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). Together, they relieve menstrual cramps and colicky pain.

    Common side effects of dicyclomine + mefenamic acid

    Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Indigestion, Dryness in mouth, Loss of appetite, Sleepiness, Weakness, Nervousness, Blurred vision, Heartburn
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    Expert advice for Dicyclomine + Mefenamic Acid

    • You have been prescribed Dicyclomine + Mefenamic Acid to relieve menstrual pain (cramps) and colicky pain.
    • It should preferably be taken with food.
    • If you get diarrhea while taking this medicine, stop taking it and consult your doctor.
    • Dry mouth may occur as a side effect. Frequent mouth rinses, good oral hygiene, increased water intake and sugarless candy may help.
    • It may cause dizziness, drowsiness or visual disturbances. Use caution while driving or doing anything that requires concentration.
    • Avoid consuming alcohol while taking Dicyclomine + Mefenamic Acid as it can cause excessive drowsiness and increase your risk of stomach problems.

    Frequently asked questions for Dicyclomine + Mefenamic Acid

    Dicyclomine + Mefenamic Acid

    Q. Is it safe to use Dicyclomine+Mefenamic Acid?

    Dicyclomine+Mefenamic Acid is safe for most of the patients. However, in some patients 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 effects. If you experience any persistent problem due to the medication, inform your doctor as soon as possible.

    Q. Can I stop taking Dicyclomine+Mefenamic Acid when my pain is relieved?

    Dicyclomine+Mefenamic Acid is usually used for short term and can be discontinued when your pain is relieved. However, Dicyclomine+Mefenamic Acid should be continued if your doctor has advised you to do so.

    Q. Can the use of Dicyclomine+Mefenamic Acid cause nausea and vomiting?

    Yes, the use of Dicyclomine+Mefenamic Acid can cause nausea and vomiting. Taking it with milk, food or antacids can prevent nausea. Avoid taking fatty or fried foods along with this medication. In case of vomiting, drink plenty of water or other fluids by taking small frequent sips. Talk to your doctor if vomiting persists and you notice signs of dehydration, like dark colored and strong-smelling urine and a low frequency of urination. Do not take any other medicine without speaking to your doctor.

    Q. Can the use of Dicyclomine+Mefenamic Acid cause dry mouth?

    Yes, the use of Dicyclomine+Mefenamic Acid 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 Dicyclomine+Mefenamic Acid?

    The use of Dicyclomine+Mefenamic Acid is considered harmful for patients with known allergy to any of the components 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 stomach ulcers or in patients with active, recurrent stomach ulcer or bleeding. It should also be avoided in patients with a history of heart failure, high blood pressure, and liver or kidney disease.

    Q. Can the use of Dicyclomine+Mefenamic Acid cause damage to kidneys?

    Yes, long-term use of Dicyclomine+Mefenamic Acid can cause damage to the kidneys. Normal kidneys produce a chemical called prostaglandins that protect them from damage. Use of painkillers lower the levels of prostaglandins in the body, which leads to kidney damage on long-term use. Use of painkillers is not recommended to 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 Dicyclomine+Mefenamic Acid 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. What are the instructions for storage and disposal of Dicyclomine+Mefenamic Acid?

    Keep this medicine in the container or the pack it came in, tightly closed. Store it according to the instructions mentioned on the pack or label. Dispose of the unused medicine. Make sure it is not consumed by pets, children and other people.

    Content on this page was last updated on 11 December, 2018, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)