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Meclofenamic acid (meclofenamate sodium, brand Meclomen) is a drug used for joint, muscular pain, arthritis and dysmenorrhea.

WHAT IS Meclofenamate?

Meclofenamate is used to relieve pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis (arthritis caused by a breakdown of the lining of the joints) and rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis caused by swelling of the lining of the joints). It is also used to relieve other types of mild to moderate pain, including menstrual pain, as well as to decrease bleeding in women who have abnormally heavy menstrual blood loss.

Meclofenamate is in a class of medications called NSAIDs. It works by stopping the body’s production of a substance that causes pain, fever, and inflammation.

 

Brand Name(s): Meclomen
CAS nº: 6385 -02 -0
(me-kloe-FEN-am-ate)

 

Product Info

The sections below will provide you with more specific information and guidelines related to meclofenamate and its correct use. Please read them carefully.

FDA Information

Meclofenamate was FDA-approved in June 1980.

Please visit the official site of the FDA for further information.

Why is this medication prescribed?

Meclofenamate is in a class of medications called NSAIDs. It works by stopping the body’s production of a substance that causes pain, fever, and inflammation.

This medication is used to relieve pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis (arthritis caused by a breakdown of the lining of the joints) and rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis caused by swelling of the lining of the joints). It is also used to relieve other types of mild to moderate pain, including menstrual pain, or to decrease bleeding in women who have abnormally heavy menstrual blood loss.

Other uses for this medicine

Meclofenamate is also used to treat ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis that mainly affects the spine), gouty arthritis (joint pain caused by a build-up of certain substances in the joints), and psoriatic arthritis (arthritis that occurs with a long-lasting skin disease that causes scaling and swelling).

However, it is important that you talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this drug for your particular condition.

Dosage and using this medicine

Meclofenamate comes as a capsule, to be taken orally. It is usually taken three or four times a day for arthritis, three times a day for heavy menstrual blood loss, or every 4-6 hours as needed for pain.

Meclofenamate may be taken with food or milk to prevent upset stomach. If you take meclofenamate regularly, take it at the same times every day.

It is important that you follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

If you are taking meclofenamate to reduce heavy menstrual bleeding, your bleeding should decrease during your treatment. Call your doctor if your bleeding does not decrease or if you experience spotting or bleeding between menstrual periods.

On the other hand, if you are taking meclofenamate to relieve the symptoms of arthritis, your symptoms may begin to improve within a few days. It may take 2 to 3 weeks or longer for you to feel the full benefit of meclofenamate.

What special precautions should I follow?

BEFORE TAKING MECLOFENAMATE:

Tell your doctor if you or anyone in your family has or has ever had heart disease, a heart attack or stroke, if you smoke, and if you have or have ever had high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes.

You should also let your doctor and pharmacist know what prescription and non-prescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you may be taking.

Furthermore, please inform your doctor if you take any of the following medications: anticoagulants (‘blood thinners’) such as warfarin (Coumadin®); aspirin; other NSAIDS such as ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®) and naproxen (Aleve®, Naprosyn®); or oral steroids such as dexamethasone (Decadron®, Dexone®), methylprednisolone (Medrol®), angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors such as benazepril (Lotensin®), captopril (Capoten®), enalapril (Vasotec®), fosinopril (Monopril®), lisinopril (Prinivil®, Zestril®), moexipril (Univasc®), perindopril (Aceon®), quinapril (Accupril®), ramipril (Altace®), and trandolapril (Mavik®); diuretics (‘water pills’); lithium (Eskalith®, Lithobid®); and methotrexate (Rheumatrex®), and prednisone (Deltasone®).Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, especially if you are in the last few months of your pregnancy, you plan to become pregnant, or you are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking meclofenamate, call your doctor.

Additionally, if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking meclofenamate.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule.

Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

What side effects can this medication cause?

People who take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) (other than aspirin) such as meclofenamate may have a higher risk of having a heart attack or a stroke than people who do not take these medications. These events may happen without warning and may cause death. This risk may be higher for people who take NSAIDs for a long time.

Get emergency medical help right away if you experience any of the following symptoms:

chest pain
shortness of breath
weakness in one part or side of the body
slurred speech

Meclofenamate may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

diarrhea
constipation
gas
sores in the mouth
headache
ringing in the ears

Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately. Do not take any more meclofenamate until you speak to your doctor.

blurred vision
unexplained weight gain
fever
blisters
rash
itching
hives
swelling of the eyes, face, lips, tongue, throat, arms, hands, feet, or lower legs
hoarseness
difficulty breathing or swallowing
yellowing of the skin or eyes
excessive tiredness
unusual bleeding or bruising
lack of energy
upset stomach
loss of appetite
pain in the upper right part of the stomach
flu-like symptoms
pale skin
fast heartbeat
cloudy, discolored, or bloody urine
back pain
difficult or painful urination

Meclofenamate may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.

What storage conditions are needed for this medicine?

Always keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).

Remember to throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. If you have any questions, please talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.

In case of an emergency/overdose

In the case of a suspected overdose, call your local poison control center on 1-800-222-1222. However, if the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, please call the local emergency services on 911.

Symptoms of overdose may include:

behavior that does not make sense
agitation
seizures
decreased urination

Product Images

PICTURES OF MECLOFENAMATE PILLS

Below you will find images and specific information on the principal types of meclofenamate that exist, including their respective brand name(s), strength, inscription codes, manufacturers and/or distributors.

The information below includes general information and guidelines for patients taking this medication and should never be used to substitute professional medical advice that can be provided by a qualified physician or family doctor.

Name: MECLOFENAMATE
Strength(s): 100 MG
Imprint: MYLAN 3000
Manufacturer: MYLAN

Name: MECLOFENAMATE
Strength(s): 100 MG
Imprint: DAN 5637
Manufacturer: SCHEIN PHARMA.
Distributor: WATSON

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