What is Ponstan?
Ponstan is a powerful, anti-inflammatory painkiller that belongs to the family of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The active ingredient mefenamic acid slows down the production of prostaglandins, a hormone-like substance in the body that causes pain, fever and inflammatory responses such as swelling and redness of the skin. Ponstan is therefore commonly used to treat conditions in which pain and inflammation play a role.
What is it used for?
Ponstan is indicated for pain accompanied by inflammation due to rheumatic disorders and joint problems (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, arthrosis, Bechterew’s disease, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow and bursitis). It is also used for a variety of other pain problems, such as headache, menstrual pain, post-operative pain or pain from injuries, lumbago, and pain from other sources.
How to use Ponstan
Ponstan tablets should be swallowed whole with some liquid, preferably during or directly after meals to avoid stomach distress. If you have forgotten to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Never take a double dose of Ponstan to make up for the forgotten one.
Ponstan may cause stomach problems. If you have a sensitive stomach and need to take Ponstan for a longer period, your doctor can prescribe a stomach coater.
Unless otherwise prescribed by your doctor, the usual dose for adults is:
- 250 mg to 500 mg, three times a day.
The duration of the treatment is decided by your doctor. This medicine is not suitable for use in children under the age of 14. An alternative dosage may be recommended for young adults. Always follow the prescription exactly – never take more or less than your doctor recommends.
Ponstan may have side effects, although not everyone gets them. The most commonly reported side effects include:
- Gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, stomach ache, diarrhea or constipation).
- Dizziness, sleepiness or drowsiness, especially during the first days of treatment.
See package leaflet for more side effects, warnings and contraindications.
Only use Ponstan with your doctor’s approval if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding.
Ponstan can cause dizziness or drowsiness. Stay out of traffic and do not operate machinery if you experience these side effects.
Alcohol may intensify side effects such as dizziness. It is important that you are aware of this and stop or reduce your alcohol intake.