Know the interactions
What drugs may interact with Ponstan?
Ponstan may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.
Drugs with known interactions with Ponstan:
- ACE inhibitors (e.g. captopril, enalapril)
- Magnesium hydroxide
- Blood thinners (e.g. aspirin, warfarin, coumarin)
If you experience an adverse drug interaction, inform your doctor immediately to reevaluate your treatment plan. Approaches include dose adjustment, drug substitution, or ending therapy.
Does food or alcohol interact with Ponstan?
This drug may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Do not consume alcohol while taking this drug. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
What health conditions may interact with Ponstan?
Ponstan may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have, such as:
- Liver disease, diabetes, or stomach or bowel problems;
- History of swelling or fluid buildup, asthma, growths in the nose, or mouth inflammation;
- High blood pressure, blood disorders, bleeding or clotting problems, heart problems, or blood vessel disease;
- Low fluid volume, or low blood sodium levels.
Understand the dosage
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. Therefore, you should always consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using any medication.
What is the dose for an adult?
Take 500 mg, three times a day or every 8 hours. Do not take mefenamic acid for more than 7 days.
What is the dose for a child?
Children 14 years and older
Give the same dose as an adult. Do not give mefenamic acid for more than 7 days.
Children 6 months and older
Give 19.5 mg to 25 mg per kg per day, in three divided doses every 8 hours.
Alternatively, you can give suspension doses as follows:
- 6 months to 1 year: 1 teaspoon (5 mL) three times a day
- 2 to 4 years: 2 teaspoons (10 mL) three times a day
- 5 to 8 years: 3 teaspoons (15 mL) three times a day
- 9 to 14 years: 4 teaspoons (20 mL) three times a day
For rectal suppositories:
- Age 6 months to 2 years (weighing 10 kg or more): insert 1 suppository every 6 to 8 hours. It is not recommended to give rectal suppositories for more than 1 day.
How is Ponstan available?
Ponstan is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
- Capsules: 250 mg (Ponstan), 500 mg (Ponstan SF)/Forte)
- Tablet :500 mg
- Suspension: 50 mg/5 mL in bottles of 100 mL, 200 mL, and 2.5 L
- Rectal suppository: 125 mg
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to the nearest emergency room.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.