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Tolfenamic Acid



Tolfenamic Acid is used in the treatment of migraine.

How it works

Tolfenamic acid belongs to a category of drugs called as Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It works by inhibiting the synthesis of prostaglandins and leukotrienes in the body which are responsible for pain and inflammation.

Common side effects

Nausea, Abdominal pain, Confusion, Diarrhoea, Dizziness, Flatulence, Headache, Indigestion, Ringing in ear, Mouth inflammation, Stomach inflammation, Trembling, Tremor, Visual impairment, Vomiting, Weakness, Fatigue


Expert advice

  • Inform your doctor before taking tolfenamic acid if you are an elderly; if you are taking other NSAIDs; you have had asthma or decreased function of liver, kidney or heart, high blood pressure, diseases of the gastrointestinal tract (example Crohn’s disease) or connective tissue disease (systemic lupus erythematosus).
  • Do not exceed the recommended dose or duration of treatment as tolfenamic acid may be associated with a small increased risk of heart attack or stroke.
  • Take precautions as tolfenamic acid may cause life-threatening gastrointestinal bleeding, ulceration or perforation.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Content on this page was last updated on 21 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)